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Visiting restrictions

From 11 March 2022, the following visiting restrictions apply:

  • Two visitors are permitted at a time, per patient
  • Visiting can be up to two hours
  • Visiting can be extended beyond two hours, for one visitor, at the discretion of the nurse in charge when the family member or carer can provide a level of enhanced care to the patient which could be assistance with basic care needs such as eating, drinking or mental wellbeing, for instance
  • Exceptions will also be made for end-of-life situations, patients who are vulnerable, such as a learning disability or dementia/cognitive impairment or other extreme circumstances, where the nurse in charge deems this as suitable.

Please contact the ward to plan and book your visit so that we can confirm what time is best for you to attend. We will also be able to confirm if there are any specific infection prevention and control measures in place which may prevent visiting. There is a risk that the visiting appointment may be cancelled on arrival for protection of patients but we try to ensure this is kept to a minimum.

Face coverings should be worn at all times unless medically exempt to do so, for which evidence should be provided, or a surgical face mask if you are attending a high risk area or a patient with suspected/known COVID-19.

Before visiting we ask all visitors to undertake a lateral flow test, which must give a negative result prior to attending.

During your visit we ask visitors to observe social distancing and adhere to good hand hygiene. We also ask that visitors only visit one ward during a single visit and leave the hospital promptly afterwards. We continue to ask visitors not use patient toilets.

Visiting remains restricted on the COVID positive wards or where visiting may pose a risk to highly vulnerable patients being exposed to visitors within the bay. Family, friends and carers can continue to stay in touch by speaking directly to a member of staff by calling the ward directly or alternatively you can stay in touch by using our virtual visiting service.

Visitors who are showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or those who are feeling unwell should not visit the hospital, or if you have had a positive COVID test in the past 10 days.  If you are a household contact we ask you to refrain from visiting for the isolation period.

If a visitor tests positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of visiting the hospital they must contact the ward as soon as possible and follow national guidance for self-isolation.

We do understand how important it is for patients to remain connected with their family, friends and carers when they come into hospital and we continually review our visiting guidance so that when it is safe to relax visiting restrictions we do so.  

11 March 2022

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