Due to coronavirus non-essential visiting is suspended in hospitals across Northumberland and North Tyneside.
We’ve taken this difficult, however important, decision to protect our patients and staff.
Until further notice, visiting will only be permitted in the following circumstances and PPE must be worn:
- For patients who are receiving end-of-life care or are terminally ill and in the late stages of their illness
- For birthing partners in maternity units
- For parents or legal guardians in the children’s unit
- For long-stay patients and those with dementia or where best interest decisions or exceptional clinical/social matters are being discussed, at the discretion of the nurse in charge
Women can bring their birthing partners when attending 12 or 20-week scan appointments.
For more information, see here.
You can reach our hospitals by car or public transport, please go to the page of the hospital you’re visiting for more information. If you’re visiting from outside the area you can find information on hotels, bed and breakfast, self catering accommodation and more on the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative website.
Car parking is available at all hospitals.
For more information please look at the page of the hospital you’re visiting.
Helping with mealtimes
Nutrition plays an important part in patient care and our wards have protected mealtimes to ensure patients are not interrupted during their meal.
Visitors are generally not allowed during this time, however if a patient needs help with their meal we do encourage relatives or carers to come in and help out if they wish – please talk to the ward staff.
We do ask that visitors don’t bring flowers into the hospitals. Although flowers look lovely they do collect dust and can harbour germs in the water and soil.
Please help us keep the wards as clean as possible.
Children are welcome to visit patients on most wards if accompanied by a responsible adult. However please speak to ward staff before bringing very young children in.
The infection control team and all staff are responsible for helping reduce and prevent the spread of infections, but everyone can help, including visitors.
Please help us and our vulnerable patients by following our simple advice:
- Wash your hands and use alcohol gel before entering and leaving the ward
- Do not sit on patients’ beds
- Do not use patient toilets
- Do not visit if you are unwell or have an infection, for example a heavy cold or diarrhoea
All of our sites are now completely smokefree. This means that smoking is not permitted on any of our sites including all buildings, grounds and vehicles. E-cigarettes are permitted on our grounds but not inside of our buildings. For the comfort of others we ask that you please use e-cigarettes away from our main entrances. For more information please click here.