Updated Friday 23rd September 2022
Mask-wearing is now required for patients and visitors in clinical areas, such as wards and clinics, across our sites. Thank you for your understanding and for helping us keep our patients safe.
Our current visitor policy remains as follows:
All inpatients (children and adults):
- Visitors are permitted anytime, with a limit of 2 visitors at the bedside at any one time.
Before your visit
Please do not visit a patient in hospital if you feel unwell. This includes symptoms of Covid-19, sickness, diarrhoea, fever, sore throat or flu.
During your visit
Mask wearing is required in ward and clinic areas of our hospitals for visitors and patients, unless exempt. Mask wearing will continue to be optional in the atrium of the Brunel building, but all visitors must put on a face mask when entering wards and outpatient gates where face masks will be made available.
There may be some circumstances when we have to limit visitors for a patient, this will be managed individually by ward nursing staff and communicated to families/friends on the day.
Scans and appointments: Women are able to attend all Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic (EPAC) appointments, all maternity appointments and antenatal scan appointments with one other adult.
Induction: You can be supported by one birth partner throughout induction and early labour.
Labour and birth: In established labour, you can be supported by two birth partners in all of our birth settings.
Visiting: One birth partner and one named visitor from 10am – 9pm. Siblings can attend between 2-6pm.
Coming to a hospital appointment
Hospital appointments are running as normal. Please don’t call to check that a booked appointment is going ahead. If anything changes with your care, we will be in touch.
Mask wearing is required in ward and clinic areas of our hospitals for patients and visitors, unless exempt. Mask wearing will continue to be optional in the atrium of the Brunel building, but all visitors must put on a face mask when entering wards and outpatient gates where face masks will be made available.
Individuals attending hospital for an appointment can be accompanied by one other person.
- Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your appointment.
- Please leave the building promptly after your appointment.
- If you require assistance, a Move Maker volunteer may be able to help. Please telephone 0117 414 3709 for further information to discuss your requirements
Guidance for visitors - hygiene
- Please wash your hands regularly and use the hand sanitiser provided when visiting our hospitals.
- Please wear a face mask in clinical areas of our hospitals, such as wards and clinics, unless exempt.
- Do not visit if feeling unwell with sickness, diarrhoea, fever, sore throat or flu
- If you have had diarrhoea and/or vomiting, do not visit for at least 48 hours after symptoms have stopped. Spreading infections to people who are already unwell may mean they become more poorly or take longer to recover
- Do not sit on patient beds.
- Check with staff about bringing in food items. Wrapped sweets are preferable to unwrapped.
- Talk to staff if you have concerns about the cleanliness of the ward or public areas.
- Use public toilets, not patient toilets and remember to wash your hands.
- If in doubt ask a member of staff for advice.
In line with the Government’s new guidance, we have updated our visiting arrangements.
We provide general hospital services and pioneering treatments.