As of Monday, 21 March, visiting restrictions have been further eased in our hospitals, although numbers will still be limited so visitors must be nominated by patients and must book a slot in advance.
There will be additional hourly slots for visitors on all general adult wards between 10am and 7pm, while each patient will now be allowed two nominated visitors, who can visit on separate occasions or together if more convenient.
Due to the need for enhanced infection prevention measures, visiting will remain restricted on surgical wards, but for patients who have been in hospital for 72 hours or more, one nominated visitor will be permitted to book a slot. Those wishing to visit should check arrangements with the ward.
There will no longer be a requirement for visitors to present evidence of a negative lateral flow test, but please continue to follow the below guidance which remains in place:
Please don’t visit if you are feeling unwell
- You must not visit if you are unwell or have a new continuous cough or a temperature of more than 37.8°C or loss of, or change in, normal sense of smell or taste. You should also stay away if you are a household/close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
Wash your hands and wear a face covering
- Please wash your hands at the hospital entrance and wear a face covering when you enter the hospital until you leave. If you have not got a face covering, a surgical mask will be supplied. There are also hand-sanitising points around the hospital – please feel free to use them.
We would like to thank all visitors for their support and cooperation at this time.
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 under the age of 12 would not usually visit hospital wards, please speak to ward staff for advice.
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.