Visiting patients on our wards during the COVID-19 pandemic

Tuesday 5th January 2021

Visiting patients on our wards during the COVID-19 pandemic

Keeping patients and our staff safe is our top priority during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unfortunately, due to rising numbers of cases in the community we have had to limit visiting to our wards.

We encourage patients and visitors to continue to use digital services such as Facetime, Skype, Zoom and WhatsApp to stay in touch with loved ones during their hospital stay. iPads are available on wards for use by patients who do not have a smartphone or other mobile device.

Visiting will only be permitted under the following circumstances:

  • To spend time with a patient in the final days of their life
  • To accompany a patient with a mental health issue, dementia, a learning disability or autism
  • To stay with a child or young person who has been admitted to the children’s ward – the accompanying adult will be screened for COVID-19 on admission
  • Carers with a carer’s passport – the carer may be screened for COVID-19.

For those visits, visiting is for up to one hour and must be arranged in advance with the ward or unit where the person you are visiting is being cared for. Our ward managers will do their best to make compassionate decisions regarding visiting to meet the needs of our patients and their loved ones.

Visiting with a patient who is coming for an appointment

Please can we ask that patients come into the hospital on their own. If someone comes with them, for example to drive, they should please stay in the car. If you need to be accompanied to your appointment, for example someone to translate or support if you have a hearing impairment, please let our team know when you arrive.

Children can be accompanied by one adult only. Children will be allowed to accompany an adult to an appointment when there is no other available alternative.

Thank you for your cooperation.