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Visiting updates

Information about visiting patients in our hospitals

During this current phase of the pandemic the Trust has taken the decision to implement compassionate visiting. This means we only allow visiting in exceptional circumstances.

Exceptional circumstances include visitors for patients who have:

  • a learning disability, autism, or cognitive impairment, such as dementia
  • mental health problems
  • communication challenges including hearing or visual impairment
  • and for patients who do not speak English

Compassionate visiting will be arranged for patients who may be at the end of their life.

If you feel your situation requires special consideration please contact the ward or department in advance to discuss appropriate arrangements.

Please see current guidelines in place for:

Maternity services – please refer to our specific guidelines re maternity visitors

Paediatric services – one parent or guardian only, no siblings

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

We know that this may be difficult for some of our patients and their loved ones, however, we must do all that we can to keep our patients, their families, and our staff safe.

Please find other ways of keeping in touch with your loved ones in hospital, like phone and video calls. Our staff can support your loved ones with this.

Please note:

  • Your health, safety and wellbeing, that of our patients, and teams across the organisation remain our absolute priority.
  • Everyone should follow the expert national guidance on social distancing and self-isolation, staying at home wherever possible, to help limit the spread of coronavirus, protect the most vulnerable people in our communities and our NHS.

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.


Please visit the following pages for further information.