Published on: 22nd December 2021

Some covid restrictions remain in place across health and care settings,  including our wards and services, to keep patients and staff safe.
This means you will still need to wear masks, keep distance, and wash hands regularly.

We also strongly encourage you to take a lateral flow test before visiting. You can order tests from the Government website or pick up tests from a pharmacy or collection point.

Our staff should also continue to test twice a week using the lateral flow kits and follow all other infection, prevention control measures.

These measures have helped keep people safe from covid, so we can continue to deliver our vital services. They also help others to feel confident in accessing and visiting our services safely.

If you have a raised temperature, new cough, or sudden loss of taste or smell; or you are self-isolating due to a member of your household showing symptoms of covid or you have been contacted by track and trace, please do not visit.

Visitors to wards will still need to book, click the menu below for more details.

Thanks for your help in keeping staff and patients safe.

All visits must still be booked in advance, by contacting the ward or service where your loved one is staying. You can find their contact details using our services search page.

Visits will be for one hour (maximum).

Only one adult from the patient’s immediate family, partner or close friend will be allowed to visit (in some circumstances two visitors from the same household or bubble will be allowed, but this must be agreed in advance with the ward).

In the event of a covid infection on a ward, visiting will be immediately suspended.

Before your visit

We strongly encourage you to take a lateral flow test before visiting. You can order tests from the Government website or pick up tests from a pharmacy or collection point.

If your lateral flow test result is positive, please cancel your visit and follow the government guidance.

Travelling

Wherever possible, please avoid using public transport when coming to visit.

On arrival and during the visit
  • You must complete our visiting checklist and provide your name, contact details and time of visit, to assist with track and trace. Your visit may be cancelled if you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions
  • Use hand sanitiser or wash your hands
  • Wear the face mask given to you, covering your nose and mouth
  • You may be asked to wear additional PPE, such as gloves and an aproe
  • Cough or sneeze into the crook of their elbow; or use a tissue and dispose immediately and wash your hands
  • Avoid touching equipment, furniture or surfaces
  • Maintain safe social distancing of two metres
  • Don’t bring personal belongings with you and keep bags, handbags and electronic devices to a minimum 
  • Go directly to the area where your visit will take place and stay there for the duration. Avoid communal areas in the hospital (i.e. the canteen) to minimise contact with other people. Check out the hospital site maps to find your way around.
At the end of your visit
  • Our staff will escort you to the exit
  • We will explain how to safely remove and dispose of your PPE
  • Please use hand sanitiser or wash your hands when you leave