Visitor arrangements

All patients are allowed two visitors per day from their date of admission.

To help make visiting as smooth as possible, please ring the ward in advance to arrange your visit. Ward contact details are available here.

Do not visit if:

  • you have any symptoms of Covid-19 of flu
  • you have been in contact with anyone who has Covid
  • you have diarrhoea and vomiting

While you don't need to wear a surgical face mask in most parts of our hospitals, they are still required when visiting areas with high risk patients, such as our Intensive Therapy Units, haematology, and oncology.

If you have any questions about the guidance, please ask the ward manager when you ring to arrange your visit.

End of life care

Two visitors – immediate family members and/or carers – are permitted.

Maternity

The following visitor arrangements apply:

  • Two visitors, but only one person at a time, can attend our antenatal, postnatal and Coral wards. Children are not allowed to visit
  • Visiting times are between 1pm and 8pm and visitors can stay for as long as they wish during this time
  • A birthing support partner and one other can be present with the woman throughout labour
  • If a child is born outside of these visiting hours, the birthing partner will be able to remain on the labour ward
  • If you have had an elective caesarean your birthing partner can stay with you while you are in our High Dependency Unit or Recovery area
  • Birthing partners can attend all maternity clinics
  • Partners are able to attend all scans. They will be asked to wait outside the department until their turn, when they will be able to accompany their loved one to their appointment
  • Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is open 24/7 for both parents, who can be together at the cot side
  • Antenatal services at King George Hospital

Child Health

  • Two parents or carers can be at the child's bedside at any one time, however, only one will be able to stay overnight
  • If the child's parent or carer tests positive for Covid-19, the child will be cared for in a side room to reduce the risk of transmission. A Covid-positive parent or carer may be allowed to visit, but only if they are asymptomatic. A risk assessment will be undertaken by our Infection Prevention and Control team
  • No siblings are allowed unless they are over 18 and classed as one of the two carers

We are constantly looking at how we can safely extend our visiting policy further, as new guidance is issued; please be aware that any changes must be done in a safe way, in line with national guidelines.

Other important information

We appreciate how important it is to be able to stay in touch with your relatives. Use our ‘Thinking of you’ service so you can send them a letter and some photos.

You can also drop off items such as toiletries and reading materials to our main entrance desk - make sure they are packaged safely with the name and ward clearly marked on them, and we will get them to your loved ones.

We kindly ask that you do not bring food into our hospitals for patients. This is for health and safety reasons as we cannot guarantee how it will be stored or when it will be delivered, and our staff are not legally allowed to heat food that has been brought in. However, if you do decide to bring food in, please understand that the Trust cannot accept liability for the way food from outside has been stored and/or prepped.

We will continue to monitor the situation.

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