With immediate effect and in line with social distancing, we are suspending all inpatient visiting arrangements, with a small number of exceptions.
Visiting is suspended until further notice except in the below exceptional circumstances, where relatives will need to contact the ward or department in advance to discuss appropriate arrangements for ONE person to visit:
- the patient is receiving end-of-life care*
- The patient has needs which requires them to be accompanied – accompanying visitors should not remain with them on patient wards or communal areas*
- they are a birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour
- an adult is accompanying their child in a paediatric or neonatal department
For urgent outpatient appointments, please ask patients to come into the hospital on their own. If, for example, they have been driven in, then the driver and anyone else should wait in the car.
In the community, colleagues are aiming for a minimal number of visits, instead using technology to facilitate remote appointments. We know that many teams are doing this already and that is much appreciated.
In light of the current situation we have taken the decision to suspend all visiting within the maternity department with the exception of birthing partner in labour with immediate effect. This is to help us protect our women, our babies, our staff and our wider communities and limit the spread of COVID-19 Corona virus.
We understand that this will be difficult and upsetting for some people. We hope that people understand the reasons why we have felt it necessary to put these measures in place.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this challenging time.