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COVID-19 guidance for visitors

Re-introducing face masks in our hospitals

From Friday 8 July anyone coming to our hospitals for an appointment or to visit a patient will need to wear a mask or face covering. Our staff will also be required to wear face masks in wards and departments, as well as non-clinical areas such as offices and corridors.

We will continue to provide surgical masks in public spaces, wards and departments for patients, visitors and staff who wish to use them.

Thank you for your support.

Adult wards

  • visiting times have increased from one hour to two hours at a time
  • visiting times are 2pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7pm
  • patients are allowed one named visitor onto a ward at any one time. The visitor does not need to be the same person each day, but they must be asymptomatic
  • vulnerable patients such as those with learning disabilities, dementia or mental health patients can have increased visiting support. This must be agreed with the nurse in charge
  • visitors must wear a mask or face covering in our hospitals

This change does not affect visiting arrangements for end of life care, maternity and paediatric patients. Arrangements for these areas remain unchanged.

Please don't visit our hospitals if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19. You can find out what to do if you are symptomatic on the NHS website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do.

Visiting details

To keep our visitors and staff safe, protect our vulnerable patients and limit the spread of COVID-19, we continue to restrict the number of people allowed on to our hospital sites. 

We know that it’s hugely important for patients to see their loved ones while they are in hospital and we know this is at a very difficult time of year. We will continue to review our visiting arrangements in line with guidance from Public Health England, NHS England and NHS Improvement.

If you are a carer to a vulnerable patient please liaise with the ward directly so they are able to assess the individual patients’ needs and the support required and agree a plan.

All wards apart from maternity, paediatrics and end of life care

End of Life Care

Where patients are entering their last days of life, two visitors can be with them at all times.

Critical Care

Visiting in critical care is restricted. Please contact each unit for visiting details. 

Paediatrics

  • Parents/carers can visit the children’s ward, but only one can be on the ward with their child at any time. The other parent/carer can visit between 8am to 8.00pm. We suggest one change per day to protect the children and our staff.
  • Siblings to visit in agreement with the nurse in charge as meeting special circumstances.
  • Please don't visit if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

We understand that some parents attend tertiary centres that have further relaxed restrictions, such as GOSH, but at this time we are unable to relax our restrictions because of the level of emergency cases we receive.

Individual circumstances may be taken into account - please discuss your needs with the nurse in charge.

Neonatal Units

Both parents have unrestricted access for all hospitals, and siblings can visit the unit when agreed with the nurse in charge.

Maternity services

Visiting times for maternity inpatients across our three hospitals and our stand-alone birthing units remain the same.

Two birthing partners from point of established labour on delivery suite.

Women staying in our antenatal and postnatal services will be able to have one named adult visit them at any time from 9am to 8.30pm each day.  Please note:

  • The visitor will need to be the same person throughout their stay in hospital
  • Visitors will need to wash or sanitise their hands regularly.

If you have any questions about visiting arrangements, please talk to a member of staff on your ward.

Emergency Department and Assessment Units

Not all patients can bring a visitor when attending outpatients and diagnosis settings. To ensure the safety of both staff and patients only vulnerable patients who require complex/difficult decision making may be accompanied by one close family contact, or somebody important to the patient, to support them.

For children, both parents can accompany their child to the department.

Outpatients

Not all patients can bring a visitor when attending outpatients and diagnosis settings. To ensure the safety of both staff and patients only vulnerable patients who require complex/difficult decision making may be accompanied by one close family contact, or somebody important to the patient, to support them.

For children's outpatient appointments, only one adult may accompany them. 

Outpatient appointments 

To keep our patients and staff as safe as possible, we will be holding the majority of our outpatient appointments virtually where possible. That means our clinicians will talk to you either over phone or via a video link so that you don’t have to come to our hospitals to see them face-to-face.

If you do need to come to the hospital for your appointment, we ask you not too arrive too early.

If there are any changes to your up-coming appointments, we will be in touch.

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