Visiting Times

Updated Monday 21st March 2022

As part of the country’s transition to living with Covid and as a result of the successful vaccination programme, we are now in a position to ease our visiting restrictions. We know that this will be a welcome move for patients, visitors and our staff.

These are:

All inpatients (children and adults)

  • Two nominated visitors at any one time, between 11am – 7pm

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.

We recommend that all visitors take a lateral flow test 24 hours before their visit.

During your visit

All visitors will be required to wear a face mask (unless exempt) for the duration of their visit.

Visitors are asked to be mindful of social distancing in communal areas outside of ward.

There may be times when we have to limit visitors to one person at the bedside in multiple occupancy bays.  This will be managed individually by ward nursing staff and communicated to families/friends on the day

Maternity Services

Read our visiting policy for maternity services.

Scans and appointments: Women are able to attend all 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 visitor (birth partner or close family member) per day, between 10am – 9pm

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.

Individuals attending hospital for an appointment can now 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 and social distancing 

  • Think Hands, Face, Space when you are with us by washing your hands regularly, wearing a face mask in the hospital at all times, and keeping 2 metres’ space between you and others
  • 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

Visiting Times

In line with the Government’s new guidance, we have updated our visiting arrangements.


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