Changes to visiting rules 27 January

22 January 2020

The Trust has a restricted visiting policy to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. We want to support patients and their families but we need to protect patients, visitors and staff.

The Trust implemented a restricted visiting policy to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. We have had to make further changes to protect patients, visitors and staff, with immediate effect. 

Please read this information before travelling.

We restrict visiting to help us keep patients, visitors and staff safe—please respect our staff who enforce these restrictions in your interest. 

Visitors will be required to have a temperature check, answer a few basic symptom questions and wear a face covering. They will be required to sanitise their hands at the screening point and reminded to regularly clean their hands during their visit.

Visitors will be required to provide their own face covering and wear this at all times in the Trust. A fluid-repellent face mask will be provided to those who do not have their own covering. Visitors may be required to wear additional PPE while visiting their relative and staff within the local department will explain and provide this should it be required.

Children under 11, adults with relevant disabilities and the medically exempt do not need a mask.

Covid-19 wards 

Wards for COVID patients are closed to visitors. Family and visitors are encouraged to keep in touch with the ward by telephone and use the ‘A message for you service’ for staff to pass on messages on the behalf of visitors. Computers are also available to set up virtual visits by video.

Adult wards

Where the patient has dementia or learning difficulties a single visitor can be nominated—this visitor will be able to attend once per day (named visitor cannot be changed).

End-of-life care

  • Patients who are negative for COVID-19 can have more than one visitor.
  • Patients who are positive with COVID-19 can have more than one visitor. Visitors are required to wear appropriate PPE and should self-isolate for 10 days after their visit. Should they revisit the hospital, they will need to restart their 10 day self-isolation period.

Maternity wards

  • 20-week ultrasound scan: One support person only
  • Antenatal ward: One support person from 8am–8pm when having an induction of labour (no other visiting on the antenatal ward)
  • Labour and birth: One support person only
  • Postnatal ward: One support person from 12 noon–6pm

Paediatric wards

One visitor in any 24-hour period, a different parent or carer who lives in the same household can visit each 24 hour period e.g. a single visitor from the household can attend each day.

Outpatient wards

One visitor can accompany a patient if they are essential as the patient’s carer or translator—no other accompaniers are permitted. 

General guidance

  • NHS Test and Trace: Visitors should scan the QR code displayed at the entrance to the ward—more about the app and how to download it
  • PPE: Face coverings should be worn by all visitors—where additional PPE is required, the ward team will provide this and guide visitors how to put it on and take it off
  • Common areas: Groups should not congregate in common areas of the hospital