Our latest visiting guidance

Thursday 1st September 2022

Our latest visiting guidance

To help reduce the risk of our patients and staff getting covid, please can we ask that all patients and visitors continue to wear a face covering whilst in our buildings and clinical areas.

If you are unwell please do not come to the hospital.

Visiting someone who is an inpatient:

One person may visit a patient each day. This could be a family member, friend, or someone important to them. Please ensure that you are well before you come to the hospital so we do not put any of our patients at risk. The full list of potential COVID symptoms can be found on the NHS website.

When visiting a patient in any of our wards please wear a face covering – if you forget to bring one with you please let one of the team know and we can provide one. We encourage you to also follow good hand hygiene and social distance as appropriate whilst you are here at the hospital. We ask anyone visiting to bring as few personal belongings as possible with them.

Visiting hours are from 2pm to 8pm. Protected mealtime is 5-6pm; if you are visiting a ward please respect this protected mealtime and try not to visit during it. If you normally visit at mealtimes in order to help your relative or friend to eat or just to give encouragement, we are happy for you to continue to do this. Please ask the nurse in charge how you can help out.

Different arrangements are in place for Peanut Ward (children’s ward) and the Critical Care Unit – please speak to the teams for more information. We try to be as flexible as possible regarding visiting. Please speak to a member of our team if you would like to discuss this further.

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 is not allowed if:

You are in a household with someone who is self-isolating or you have been in contact with someone else who is suspected/confirmed to have coronavirus in the last 10 days.

You are showing symptoms of coronavirus. This includes a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or loss of taste and/or smell, as well as the extended list of symptoms listed on the NHS website. If you have any of these please do not visit, even if they are mild or intermittent.

If you are the parent or guardian of a child who is a patient:

A child or young person admitted to the children’s’ ward should ideally be accompanied by only one parent/carer. In exceptional family situations visiting arrangements can be discussed and alternative arrangements may be agreed with the nurse in charge.

Please wear a face covering when you are in any of our clinical areas. If you are with your child away from other patients you can temporarily remove your face covering.

Before coming to the hospital please ensure that you are well and do not have any symptoms of COVID. This includes a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or loss of taste and/or smell, as well as the extended list of symptoms listed on the NHS website. If you have any of these please do not come, even if they are mild or intermittent.

Parents and children are to remain within the cubicle or bay.

End of life care

If a patient is receiving end of life care exceptional arrangements can be made for visitors.

Visiting with a patient who is coming for an appointment

Please can we ask that where possible patients only bring one person with them to appointments.

All patients and visitors, unless exempt, should please wear a face covering whilst in our buildings and clinical areas. If you forget to bring one with you please let one of the team know and we can provide one. Can we also encourage you to maintain good hand hygiene and where possible observe social distancing. These will all help us reduce the risks to other patients, visitors and our staff.

Thank you for your cooperation.