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Information for visiting children and young people

We recognise the importance of parents, family members and carers in supporting children and young people in our hospitals.

Restrictions are currently in place to ensure any risk of infection is minimised. These restrictions are under constant review. Please find details of our current guidelines below.

Children’s inpatient wards

  • One parent / carer per family will be permitted to stay with their child in hospital where an admission is for less than seven days.
  • If the child or young person needs to be in hospital for more than seven days, then one parent or carer per family may swap with a second parent or carer for the next seven day period. The patient’s parent/carer can be swapped after each seven day period for the duration of the child or young person’s stay in hospital.
  • Children aged 16-18 can be accompanied by a parent/carer wherever they are in the hospital, including in adult wards

Neonatal unit

  • One parent is permitted to visit at any time. Both parents are welcome to visit together at specific times to be arranged directly with the Neonatal Unit.
  • If after labour, a baby needs to be transferred to the Neonatal intensive care unit, both parents will be able to be present at the point of transfer. Arrangements are made for both parents to be swabbed for COVID-19. One parent can be with their baby for 24 hours a day – parents are able to alternate. Two-hour long slots can be booked with the Nursing team for other visitors.

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Please note: Children are not allowed to visit, which means no siblings will be allowed.