Visiting Times

Visitors are very welcome but do not visit if you are unwell. In particular, if you have had diarrhoea, vomiting, severe cold or flu you should not visit until you have been well for 48 hours. 

Inpatient visiting arrangements

In line with the Government’s new guidance, we are now able to permit visitors whilst ensuring there are arrangements to help prevent the spread of infection and protect our patients, staff and visitors.

A single visit per patient is permitted a day by a family member or friend as nominated by the patient. To support social distancing within the Hospital Visiting is allowed between the hours of 11am - 7 pm 

These situations apply IRRESPECTIVE of COVID-19 status:

  1. A single visit per patient is permitted a day by a family member or friend as nominated by the patient.  The patient can be visited by different family members or friends during their admission.
  2. A single birth partner whilst a woman is in labour;
  3. One parent if a patient is 18 years or under;
  4. A carer if the patient has a Learning Disability or dementia with specific needs that require support from that carer;
  5. If it is necessary to have 2 visitors at a time (e.g. in order to enable a child to visit a close relative in hospital, or to support a visitor with disabilities) then this can be arranged at the discretion of the Ward sister/Charge Nurse.
  6. Other people who are in attendance to support the needs of the patient, for example a familiar carer/supporter/personal assistant, should not be counted as additional visitor. Patients may be accompanied where appropriate and necessary to assist with the patient’s communication and/or to meet the patient’s health or social care needs. Where possible patients should contact the ward or department in advance to discuss local considerations and make appropriate arrangements.
  7. Where a face-to-face visit is not possible due to family self-isolating/shielding or unable to travel then virtual visits should continue to be supported and facilitated.

Please contact the ward before your first visit so we can confirm:

• You have not received a ‘shielding’ letter advising you to remain at home
• You are  not required to self-isolate because you live in a household where someone has had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
• You are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19

Please be advised of the following for your visit:

  • You must wear a face mask for the duration of their visit and will be provided with one when entering the Hospital at the entrance to Brunel Building, Women & Children’s departments, Cosham Hospital, Elgar Building , Rosa Burden or ward/department.
  • That there is a risk of infection from travelling and coming into the hospital
  • You must follow the handwashing instructions given
  • You must be prepared to wear apron and gloves if asked to do so by the ward staff whilst visiting.
  • It is likely you will be refused access into the Hospital if they refuse to wear a face mask.
  • You must leave the room when asked for their own safety (for example during Aerosol Generating Procedures).

Attending for general treatment/outpatient appointment:

If you are attending for treatment as an outpatient, please come into the hospital by yourself.

• Patients may be accompanied where it is appropriate and necessary to assist with the patients communication and/or to meet the patients immediate health and social care needs.
• A carer is permitted to attend with an Outpatient if they have a Learning Disability or Dementia with specific needs that require support from a carer.
• One parent is permitted if a patient is 18 years or under.
• Patients are able to attend with 1 other person when they require emotional support during attendance to Outpatients.

If it is appropriate before a visitor attends with an Outpatient they must confirm:

• They have not received a ‘shielding’ letter advising them to remain at home.
• They are not required to self-isolate because they live in a household where someone has had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
• They are not displaying or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Please be advised of the following for your visit:

• You must wear a face covering for the duration of the visit.
• That there is a risk of infection from travelling and coming into the hospital.
• You must follow the handwashing instructions given.
• If you need to attend an inpatient area you must wear a surgical face mask which will be provided for you when you arrive at the hospital.

Visit Visiting And Attending Maternity Services for information on attending our maternity services.