Visiting someone in hospital

This page was last updated on Tuesday 22 December.

We have taken the difficult but necessary decision to continue with our current visiting restrictions during the Christmas period – and this will continue until further notice.
The hospital will be closed to all visitors except to paediatric patients and those wanting to visit any patients on an end-of-life care pathway.
Any other relatives who feel they have exceptional circumstances as to why they should be allowed to visit will need to discuss on a case-by-case basis with the nurse-in-charge.
Exceptional circumstances could refer to people with a learning disability or dementia, where there may be increased distress. It could also mean that allowing a visitor may be of significant benefit to that patient.
The decision has been taken in the interests of protecting our patients and our staff, and recognises the growing prevalence of covid-19 in the community.
The new guidance is in line with the new restrictions that people should only leave their homes in specific, essential circumstances.
Those who are able to visit patients under exceptional circumstances should not visit if they are experiencing symptoms, or if they have been in contact with someone who is a suspected or confirmed case of covid-19 in the past 14 days.
Visitors must also wear a surgical face mask provided by the Trust on arrival, and must follow guidance on hand hygiene and social distancing whilst in hospital.

Outpatient appointments

These changes do not apply to people attending for appointments in the Main Outpatients Department, who must continue to attend their consultation alone unless by prior agreement with the department.

This is due to space restrictions in the Main Outpatients which mean adequate social distancing could not be maintained if patients were accompanied.

If you are bringing someone to an outpatient appointment then you can only take them as far as the Main Entrance. You can then either make use of the cafe in the Main Entrance (currently open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm), or return to your car to wait.