Information about visiting patients in our hospitals
We recognise the important role family and friends play in supporting our patients during a stay in hospital. However, we need to limit visiting in order to protect against infection. Our visitor restrictions remain under review at all times.
- Just one designated visitor will be able to visit for one hour, once a day, seven days a week. We would encourage visitors to take a lateral flow test before visiting and to attend with evidence of a negative test.
- A designated visitor will be identified and registered with each ward when a patient is admitted.
- If you are the designated visitor, you will be contacted by the ward to give you your visiting slot (please do not phone them).
- Please note: we can only allow one visitor per patient – it must be the same person for each visit.
- All designated visitors MUST wear a facemask and follow current guidance on social distancing and handwashing. Please pick up a surgical face mask and sanitise your hands on entrance to the hospital.
- No-one who feels unwell can visit. This particularly includes people who have a temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss of taste or smell, or diarrhoea or vomiting.
- Visitors may not be allowed on certain wards where patients are more vulnerable or there is an increased risk of infection.
- Exceptions to visitor restrictions are in place for those who are supporting a person:
- with a learning disability, autism, or cognitive impairment such as dementia;
- with mental health problems;
- with communication challenges including hearing or visual impairment;
- for whom English is not their first language.
Exceptions are also in place for those:
- visiting patients receiving end-of-life care;
- visiting our children’s wards;
- visiting our spinal unit;
- supporting a person in our maternity unit.
Other exceptions may be agreed by the ward manager or nurse in charge.
Please refer to our list of frequently asked questions for more information about visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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
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.
Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.
Please visit the following pages for further information.