Inpatient visiting policy
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or other flu-like symptoms, or have had a case of diarrhoea or vomiting in the past 48 hours, please do not visit our hospital. This is essential for infection prevention and control, to protect our vulnerable patients and keep our staff safe.
If you are unable to attend in person due to the above factors or any other reasons, please let our team know and we will help support you with a virtual visit.
There is no need to book your visit in advance.
We are following national guidance in relation to face mask wearing. Each Trust completes their own risk assessment and our hospital has a new high-standard ventilation system, spacious areas and side room facilities for all our inpatients.
With consideration of the above, our guidance is face masks should be worn in all clinical rooms (in outpatient and inpatient areas).
Patient and relatives are encouraged to wear face masks on entering the hospital if they want to, but we would also advised you not to enter the Trust if you have COVID/Flu like symptoms.
Outbreak and hospital acquired infections are under constant review by our infection prevention and control team.
- Do not visit a patient if you have COVID-19.
- If you are displaying COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms, please stay at home and do not visit, even if you have tested negative on a lateral flow test.
- If a patient has tested positive for COVID-19, they should not have visitors within 14 days of the positive result unless there are exceptional circumstances and the visit has been agreed by the duty matron.
- Please wear a surgical mask when in a patient's bedroom and on the ward.
- Please wash your hands on entering and leaving the ward and use alcohol gel regularly.
- There may be times when you also need to wear enhanced personal protective equipment (PPE), including a visor, gloves and apron. You will be advised and helped by a member of staff if this is the case.
We may need to change our visitor policy at short notice in line with any changes to the risk of COVID-19 transmission.