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Visiting restrictions

Inpatients

From Tuesday 3 May all inpatients are able to have one visitor, for up to one hour once a day. Visiting slots must be booked in advance with ward teams via the Trustís Switchboard on 01553 613613 on weekdays between 10am and 12 noon. If visitors have trouble getting through to the ward visiting booking slots can also be made via the Trustís Family Liaison Officers on 07909 394722 or 07909 395415. We are expecting a high volume of calls so kindly ask for your patience as we safely reintroduce visiting to our hospital.

Some rules will remain in place across hospital sites to help keep people safe from COVID-19. This includes all visitors wearing facemasks while on site (unless medically exempt), decontaminating hands on arrival and departure from the hospital, and maintain social distancing where possible. Finally, all visitors are being encouraged to take a lateral flow test before attending the Trust to provide an additional layer of safety.

Outpatients

Patients attending an outpatient appointment may bring along one other person to their appointment, so long as social distancing can be maintained in each area.

Compassionate visiting

Compassionate visiting arrangements remain in place for some areas including:

Maternity

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

  • One partner can attend maternity appointments, including: growth scans and any Day Assessment Unit or clinic appointments
  • 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

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

  • For babies on NICU, 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

Childrenís wards

  • A patient/carer can stay with a child who is on our Childrenís Ward

End-of-Life Care

  • One person can visit a patient receiving end-of-life care. Weíre 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.

Emergency and urgent care

Our Emergency Department is for patients with urgent and immediately life-threatening conditions. This is even more important during this current situation. Please consider visiting the NHS 111 website or calling their phoneline, contacting your GP surgery or pharmacist, and self-care unless your condition is a suspected emergency.

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