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Visiting restrictions

Patients should attend alone unless they are a child or a vulnerable patient – including those with learning disabilities, autism or dementia – in these cases one person may accompany these patients in the Emergency Department. These measures will help keep our patients, their families and our staff safe.


One person can attend the Maternity Unit with their pregnant partner in the following circumstances;

  • For their 12 week dating and 20 week anomaly ultrasound scans
  • During the labour and birth of their baby (which includes induction of labour)
  • On the Antenatal Ward if you are admitted and also on the Postnatal Ward following the birth of your baby, between the hours of 8.30am and 8.30pm
  • We will make all reasonable adjustments for anyone with additional needs and ask that you speak to your Midwife about any concerns you have in the first instance
  • NICU

  • For babies on NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), both parents are permitted to be with baby but only one at a time (24hrs a day). If parents wish to attend NICU together, then they need to speak to the Ward to book a time slot to do this. This is to ensure there is enough space around the cots to do this safely
  • Children’s wards

  • A patient/carer can stay with a child who is on our Children’s Ward
  • Outpatient appointments

  • One person can accompany children or adult patients who are considered vulnerable (including those with learning disabilities, autism or dementia) to outpatient appointments
  • One person can accompany a patient attending a cancer diagnostic appointment
  • Patients receiving end of life care
  • One person can visit a patient receiving end-of-life care. We’re asking that this is the same person in any 24-hour period, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Please speak to the Ward team to discuss any special arrangements that need to be made.


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