Note to visitors - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As part of our continued actions to protect the community regarding COVID-19 and keep the hospital running, we would respectfully request you to consider the changes we have made to members of the public visiting patients in the Trust

Update from Monday 5th October: 

We are delighted to be able to be in a position to open up further visiting within Maternity. The two changes we are able to make are:

Opening up the early scan (undertaken at approximately 12 weeks gestation and also referred to as the dating or screening scan) for someone else to come along. This will mean that for both routine scans, someone can attend alongside expectant Mums.

Allowing a birth partner to join expectant Mums when they attend for assessment because they are possibly in labour. Previously birth partners did not come along until labour was confirmed.

This is reflective of ongoing risk assessments within the Maternity setting.

This does not include inductions at this moment in time but this will be reviewed, as the framework suggests, in a stepwise approach with a plan to looking at this in the next few weeks.

COVID-19 visitors note: 

  • One nominated individual per patient will be allocated a 2-hour time slot to see women who have given birth in our postnatal ward
  • Visits to all adult inpatient wards at Derriford Hospital are suspended with the exception of visiting for patients at the end of life and for parents and carers in women’s and children’s areas
  • Single birthing partner will be able to stay during your time on central delivery suite. 
  • A nominated individual is now able to attend the early scan (undertaken at approximately 12 weeks gestation and also referred to as the dating or screening scan)
  • A nominated individual is now able to attend the anomaly scan (18-20 weeks gestation) with expectant mothers. This will mean that for both routine scans, someone can attend alongside expectant Mums.
  • In paediatrics and on our neonatal unit, both parents/guardians will be permitted to visit their child together.

For details about each change (and exceptions) can be found here.

All scans are now being undertaken on the UHP site. It is intended that once sonography establishment increases, UHP will resume growth scan schedules in accordance with Saving Babies Lives. In order to continue to keep footfall to a minimum and to allow for social distancing in the waiting areas, women are still being asked to attend for scans and clinic appointments alone (with the exception of the 20 week anomaly scan).

Visiting a patient

We actively encourage visiting and the involvement of visitors and carers while patients are in hospital. Keeping contact with friends and relatives is an important part of a patient’s treatment, care and recovery.

There are many ways in which visitors can be involved, such as helping at meal times, and we are happy to support visitors to do so, if that is the patient’s wish.

When to visit
There are different times, depending on the needs of the patients. Our Ward Contacts page list visiting hours for each of our wards.

Visiting Patients
Visiting times may be extended for compassionate reasons, or restricted if this is appropriate for the patient’s needs.
If you have a problem visiting within these times, please ask one of the nurses who will make arrangements to suit your needs.
Visiting times are restricted to allow patients to rest and for care and treatment to be carried out.
A patient should have no more than three visitors per bed at any time.
Patients may become tired and need to rest. Please remember that other patients may wish to rest or sleep during visiting hours
Please show respect and consideration towards patients and staff whilst you are visiting.
We have a policy of “zero tolerance” to violence and abuse and anyone behaving inappropriately will be asked to leave the premises.
If you need to contact the ward please click on the link on the left for contact details

When not to visit
If you are not feeling well, or have been exposed to any infection. Symptoms such as coughs, flu, nausea or vomiting and diarrhoea can easily spread to vulnerable patients and make their condition worse.  If you have symptoms of diarrhoea or sickness please do not visit the hospital until you have been feeling better for 48 hours.

If the hospital is experiencing difficulties with an outbreak of infection please do not bring young children or frail, elderly visitors. (They may be at risk from the infection)

Hand Hygiene
Please take note of the advice regarding hand hygiene, which is displayed throughout wards and departments.

Hand gel is available outside all wards for everyone to use. Please help to minimise the risk of infection by using this. If the container is empty please tell a member of staff.

Please ask nursing staff before bringing flowers onto the ward. Flower water can carry an infection risk to patients who are susceptible.  Flowers can also cause allergic reactions for some patients.

Hospital environment
We are committed to maintaining a comfortable environment for patients, visitors and staff. When you leave the hospital please ensure you take your belongings with you and place your rubbish in an appropriate place.  If you visit an area where the standard of cleanliness is not what you expect, please tell a member of staff.

Use of mobile phones in hospital
Please note that mobile phones must not be used in many areas of the hospital as they can interfere with medical equipment.  Areas where mobile phones can be used will be clearly signed.  Public telephones are available in the main concourse level 6 and in many other departments throughout the hospital.


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