Visiting (During Covid-19)

Visiting our hospitals – restrictions:

To help protect patients and staff from Coronavirus (Covid-19), we are no longer allowing visitors to our hospitals.

From Wednesday 25 March, visitors will only be allowed if they meet the following criteria:

· Birthing mothers who are allowed one birthing partner

· Paediatric patients who are allowed one parent or care

· End-of-life patients who are allowed one visitor

· Patients with specific care needs (e.g. dementia or other disabilities) are allowed one visitor, but only when authorised by the relevant Matron or Head of Nursing for the ward

· Patients visiting our Emergency Department can also be accompanied by one person.

We understand this will be difficult and we apologise for any distress this might cause. You can send a message to your loved one via our new patient messaging service, find out more here.

You should not visit our hospitals if you are:

· Unwell; especially if they have a high temperature or a new, persistent cough

· Vulnerable as a result of their medication, e.g. a chronic illness, or if they are over 70.

· No children under 12 should be visiting without the ward sister or charge nurse’s prior permission.

Visitors should keep the time spent in the hospital to a minimum. We would also ask that you go directly to the area you are visiting, and do not visit other areas of the hospital.

Upon entering the ward, visitors will be directed to wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds. Visitors should do the same on leaving the ward and follow all other guidance given by our staff.