Patients and Visitors
Here you will find useful information if you are visiting one of our sites.
We have additional information if you are visiting a patient and ask all visitors to observe hand hygiene at our sites.
(Updated 20 November 2020)
In line with the government announcement, we have taken the difficult decision to restrict visiting as below in order to protect our patients and staff. Visiting will only be permitted in the following circumstances and PPE must be worn.
Maternity visiting update: 18 December 2020
From Saturday 19 December we are pleased to be able to welcome one support partner (wearing a mask unless medically exempt) to attend the following:
- 12 and 20 week scans
- Any appointment in antenatal care following a scan for which the support partner is already present
- When attending triage (this means a partner can be present during labour and birth from the point of attendance to the hospital or midwifery unit)
- For the commencement of induction of labour
- At all times on labour ward
- For a two hour time slot on the postnatal wards
This is in line with new guidance released on Monday to support pregnant women at all times during their maternity journey while keeping the risk of transmission of the virus within NHS maternity services (including to pregnant women, other service users and staff) as low as possible. The guidance acknowledges that there may be some challenges and that some trusts will need to make changes to the way we use our facilities to enable support people to accompany women to access their maternity care safely. Unfortunately testing partners is not an option yet due to the national unavailability of tests. However, we are reviewing each area of the service which will take time to fully roll out to pre-Covid status, particularly in the community and where waiting areas are smaller than required for the footfall. Please check our website and Maternity Services Facebook page for any further updates.
To enable social distancing in our Neonatal Units and on our Paediatric Wards, only one parent or guardian will be able to attend at any given time. Again, it is essential we support families to stay safe, but also protect staff to ensure there is always a workforce available to provide the care local families should be able to expect from their local hospital when they attend for assessment because they are possibly in labour