Following the rise in coronavirus cases in our area, we have suspended visiting arrangements at our hospitals.

It is important that we limit the amount of people in the hospital at all times to reduce the spread of infection. Therefore – for the safety of patients, staff and visitors – we ask that you please stay at home and do not come to the hospital.

The visiting restrictions are:

  • Adult inpatients: All visiting is suspended for adult inpatients. Exceptions can be made for a carer if the patient requires them for ongoing personal ongoing physical and emotional care and support whilst in hospital, for example those with learning disabilities or dementia. Other circumstances are also taken into account are visiting on compassionate grounds such as when the patient is at end of life.
  • Child inpatients: Where a patient is under the age of 18, visitors are restricted to one parent at any one time.
  • Maternity services: Visiting is restricted across maternity services (read in full here)
    • Scans: Women can be accompanied by one non-symptomatic person (ideally the birth partner) for their first trimester (12 week) scan and some specialist scans for fetal medicine. The partner (or named supporter) can accompany women when they attend for their anomaly ultrasound scan (usually at 20 weeks) - conditional on no further government coronavirus restrictions being announced. 
    • Labour and birth: A nominated non-symptomatic birthing partner is allowed to accompany women during labour and the birth.
    • Visiting: The partner (or named supporter) of women admitted to the postnatal inpatient ward at Southmead Hospital can visit them on the ward. Each partner will be allocated a visiting slot between 9am – 9pm and will be required to have a negative coronavirus test before visiting the ward.
    • Neonatal care visiting: If your baby needs to be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), both parents can visit together during allocated 2 hour time periods.

Further exceptions may be possible in exceptional circumstances if agreed with the ward management. If you are planning to visit the hospital, please arrange and agree your visit with the ward management team before travelling.

We understand that it is important for patients to keep in contact with family and friends. Therefore we will always support patients to make use of any telephone and video call functions available where possible.

Coming to a hospital appointment

Please continue to attend your hospital appointments unless you are advised otherwise. You don’t need to call to check that a booked appointment is going ahead. We will be in touch if anything changes with your care.

However, please be aware of the following information ahead of your appointment:

  • Please come to your appointment alone unless you need a carer or require emotional support
  • Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your appointment.
  • Less seating capacity means you may be asked to wait outside or in your car;
  • Please leave the building promptly after your appointment.

Coming to the hospital

  • 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
  • Please be aware that there is a risk of infection from travelling and coming to the hospital.
  • Do not come to the hospital if:
    • You have received a ‘shielding’ letter advising you to remain at home
    • You are 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 displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.

Visiting Times

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


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