A Macfarlanes lawyer was forbidden from attending his baby's birth because the hospital deemed him to be a coronavirus risk.
Mark Stephens was prohibited by the Tunbridge Wells hospital from attending his wife's birth of their second child because last week their 18-month-old daughter had a high temperature.
The lawyer told the Daily Mail he was "livid" with the hospital for barring him. Stephens said a GP's diagnosis was that their daughter did not have COVID-19 symptoms, and her raised temperature was "just something kids pick up in nursery".
Stephens believed he didn't have any symptoms of COVID-19 either, other than a tickle in his throat last week. "I work in an office", he said a few days before the UK lockdown, "and when I had a bit of water I was fine. It was just air con".
"I don't think it's proportionate to start banning people from being at the birth of their child, without doing any tests", Stephens said, although he also acknowledged that the NHS was under stress in unprecedented circumstances.
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The father-to-be was also frustrated in his attempt to at least set up a video call from the operating theatre to support his wife.
"The safety of our staff, patients and especially new born babies is our number one priority, so like every other hospital we are following the expert guidance and asking anyone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus not to visit our hospitals or clinical areas," said a spokesperson for the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. "That’s why after being made aware by the family that they were self-isolating due to a member of the household displaying COVID-19 symptoms, the Trust made the difficult decision to ask Mr Stephens not to attend the birth".