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Changes to visiting

To protect our patients, staff, visitors and the community during this wave, we are again restricting visitors to all our hospitals sites.

All routine visiting is restricted while rates of transmission of COVID-19 are increasing and remain high.

Restricted visiting will be in effect for all people, including family and friends who enter all our hospital sites including

  • York Hospital
  • Scarborough Hospital
  • Bridlington Hospital
  • Malton Hospital
  • The New Selby War Memorial Hospital
  • St Monica's Hospital Easingwold
  • White Cross Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Nelsons Court

Some exceptions will 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 such as discharge planning arrangements or sensitive conversations where support is required.

No visitors will be allowed in rooms of patients with pending or positive COVID-19 tests, except under extreme circumstances.  There will be a requirement to wear full Personal Protective Equipment in these circumstances which staff will explain.

Before visiting we ask all visitors to help to keep our patients safe by undertaking a lateral flow test, which must give a negative result prior to attending.  Lateral flow kits are readily available from pharmacies, community centres, libraries, local testing sites and online.  We will not ask for this result but will expect the test to be done and the relevant action taken dependent on the result.

Visitors must wear a surgical mask which are available at the entrances to the hospital sites rather than a cloth mask.

All visitors will be required to use alcohol gel on entry and exit to the hospital site and entry and exit to the ward area.

Most patients will be allowed one visitor only who must remain in the hospital room for the duration of the visit and this limited to one hour only.  Please ensure you book into the ward visiting system via telephone where you will need to leave your contact details.

Anyone under the age of 16 is restricted from visiting, except under extreme circumstances.

Visitors to our Children’s’ wards will be for Parents/Guardians/Carers and will be one visitor only.

Visitors to our Maternity wards will be restricted to one birth partner only for all appointments, including scans, the birth itself and postnatal visiting

For patients attending our Emergency Department they should be accompanied by one person only.

For patients coming for day case chemotherapy we will continue to ask there are for no visitors to maintain the reduced the footfall throughout the department given the whole patient group are high risk.

Please think carefully about the risks you pose for spreading infection before you enter one of our hospital sites.

It is important that you do not visit if you are showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, a high temperature, new persistent cough or loss/ change in smell or taste. Or any upper respiratory symptoms easily mistaken as a cold (runny nose, sore throat, headache).  If you have been told to isolate by the national test and trace team in the past 10 days.  Where you are a household contact we ask that you also refrain from visiting for the isolation period.

After a visit is complete, visitors must leave the hospital and should not remain in waiting areas, public areas or cafeterias where possible.

Whether you are double vaccinated should also factor into the decision made to visit and you could be asked to show proof of your vaccination status.

Our patient care philosophy depends greatly on engaging families to be part of the healing process.  The decision to restrict visitors during this time has been very difficult and made only after careful consideration as we witness wider social restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in light of the highly transmissible OMICRON variant.

This guidance will be reviewed regularly.

30 December 2021

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Our patient care philosophy depends greatly on engaging families to be part of the healing process.  The decision to restrict visitors during this time has been very difficult and made only after careful consideration as we witness wider social restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in light of the highly transmissible OMICRON variant. 

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Visiting update

To protect our patients, staff, visitors and the community, we are again restricting visitors to all our hospitals sites so please read our latest guidance for full details before coming to our hospitals.

The decision to restrict visitors during this time has been very difficult and made only after careful consideration as we witness wider social restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in light of the highly transmissible OMICRON variant.  The guidance will be reviewed regularly.