We have implemented further visiting restrictions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

To help limit the spread of the virus and to keep our patients and staff as safe as possible, visiting on inpatients wards will not be permitted.

Exceptions to restrictions

Exceptions will be made in the following circumstances:

  • Carers are permitted for patients and those who require them
  • Patients receiving end-of-life care or where there is significant deterioration
  • Patients with a mental health issue such as dementia, a learning disability or autism
  • Parents with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Parents or appropriate adults visiting their child
  • Birth partners for women in labour and on ante and post-natal wards
  • Partners of people giving birth will continue to be able to attend dating scans (11 weeks); anomaly scans (20 weeks); Rainbow scans and Fetal Medicine Unit scans.

Alternative ways to contact loved ones or family

Virtual visiting remains in place and patients can still keep in touch with loved ones or friends via their own personal digital device with video-chatting apps on phones and tablets.

Patients can also use the virtual visiting service which allows you to contact the ward to arrange a time to Skype your loved one or friend via a Trust iPad.

Alternatively, family and friends can send a message via our website that will be passed on to them during their time here. In addition, our hospital radio broadcasts online 24/7 and is happy to take requests.

Find out more.

Emergency and outpatient appointments

We continue to ask patients to attend the Emergency Department and outpatient appoints alone, if possible.