COVID-19: guidance for pregnant workers
We are unable to give you direct guidance on whether you will be safe to work or not, however we can share with you the latest guidance from the Government and Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology for healthcare workers:
Protection of all pregnant healthcare workers: In light of the limited evidence, pregnant women of any gestation should be offered the choice of whether they work in direct patient-facing roles during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guidance for healthcare workers prior to 28 weeks gestation:
- It may not be possible to completely avoid caring for all patients with COVID-19, as for all healthcare workers use of PPE and risk assessments according to current guidance will provide pregnant workers with protection from infection.
- The arrival of rapid COVID-19 testing will significantly assist in organising care provision, and this guidance will up be updated appropriately when such tests are commonly available
- Some working environments (e.g. operating theatres, respiratory wards, ITU/HDU) carry a higher risk for pregnant women of exposure to the virus through the greater number of AGP’s performed. Where possible, pregnant workers are advised to avoid working in these areas with suspected or COVID-19 patients.
Guidance for healthcare workers over 28 weeks gestation or with underlying health conditions:
- For pregnant women after 28 weeks gestation or with underlying health conditions such as heart or lung disease, a more precautionary approach is advised. Women in this category should work from home where possible and avoid contact with anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 and significantly reduce unnecessary social contact.
- For healthcare workers, this may present opportunities to work flexibly in a different capacity for example by undertaking telephone or video conference consultation or taking on administrative duties – we would probably not be able to facilitate this.