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Visiting restriction guidance

Updated 8 September 2020

In line with Government advice, we have restricted visiting to help protect staff, patients and visitors.  We will not be allowing visitors at our hospitals until further notice. Anyone attending our hospitals for any reason should do so on their own, if practically possible. 

If a clinician feels it is safe to do so, exceptions will be made as follows:

  • A parent or carer for patients under 18 years old (and an additional parent for paediatric intensive care or neonatal unit)
  • One carer for adult patients requiring assistance
  • One relative collecting a patient being discharged
  • Family for patients at end of life
  • Two birthing partners once mother is in active labour and one birth partner on the maternity wards (see more information below)
  • A single adult visitor for patients in adult intensive care
  • A single adult visitor for long stay (over 21 day) patients
  • Partner for 12 & 20 week antenatal scan (providing social distancing can be maintained) 

All visitors must wear a face covering when attending our hospitals, and observe on-site safety guidance including hand washing and social distancing.

If your loved one is on a ward, to visit under these exceptions you will need to call the ward in order to organise an agreed time slot. 

Please DO NOT visit our hospitals if you have coronavirus symptoms or if you have had sickness or diarrhoea in the last 48 hours.   

For additional guidance specific to departments within our hospital please see below: 


Adult Emergency Department (ED) and Clinical Decisions Unit    

  • Patients should attend alone wherever possible
  • If a carer is required, please be advised that it may not be possible to stay with the patient at all times. If you are asked to leave by a clinician, we will take any details related to ongoing medical/care needs.

Click here to read more on our page 'Visiting ED - Information for Carers'    


Guidance for Children’s ED and children’s wards

  • Only one parent/main carer may stay with the patient for the duration of their admission   
  • No siblings or children under 16 years may attend with the patient  

Maternity

  • Maternity wards – one birth partner may visit between 12 midday and 6pm at a time agreed in advance by the ward. 
  • Scan Facilities - Partner may attend the 12 and 20 week scans, providing social distancing can be maintained. 
  • Antenatal Facilities – restricted visiting however each clinic will undertake individual assessments, and if social distancing can be maintained then partners may attend. Will be communicated on an individual clinic basis


Additional guidance for patients at end of life

We understand that this is a very difficult time for family members and loved ones. To support you to see your loved one at end of life, we will undertake a risk assessment with you and endeavour to support staggered visits for family members. Only two family members will be allowed within the clinical environment at any one time.

If visiting cannot take place, family members will be given the option of maintaining contact with their loved one via video calls using ward iPads.


We continue to keep all of our restrictions under regular review. Any update to our current visiting restrictions will be reflected on this page. 


Read our patient information leaflet on visiting by clicking here.

Find out more ways to stay in touch with patients through our connecting families initiative – click here.