**Prior notice of changes to our maternity and antenatal/postnatal Clinics**
Please note that as of today, Tuesday 24th March, only one birthing partner will be allowed to be present during the labour, as previously advised.
Birthing partners are able to visit the ward between 3pm-4pm.
We also ask that any ladies attending antenatal clinics or scan appointments, to attend alone.
Diane Wake, Chief Executive of the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, said:
The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust is currently treating patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Sadly, we can confirm that 106 patients being cared for at our hospital, and had tested positive for COVID-19, have died. Eleven of those have been announced today.
The patients were aged between 61 and 94 years old and all patients had underlying health conditions.
Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and friends of those patients at this very difficult and distressing time.
Please note that from 12 noon on Tuesday 17th March we are suspending visiting on all our general wards.
Exceptions to this are maternity, children's areas and neonatal, where visiting is restricted to parents and birth partners only. Where patients have dementia or learning disabilities, or are end of life, visiting will be agreed on an individual basis so please discuss this with the nurse in charge.