Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), visiting in-patients at our hospitals is suspended until further notice.
The only exceptional circumstances where one visitor – an immediate family member or carer – will be permitted to visit are listed below:
• The patient you wish to visit is receiving end-of-life care.
• You are the birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour (for more detailed information, see our maternity section below).
• You are a parent or appropriate adult visiting your child.
• You are supporting someone with a mental health issue, dementia, a learning disability or autism, where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed.
Please contact the ward or department in advance to discuss appropriate arrangements.
- At the Diamond Jubilee Maternity Unit at Lister, one named birthing partner is allowed to attend throughout the birthing process, including labour.
- The named birthing partner can also attend all other assessments which are undertaken in an individual room on the consultant-led unit (CLU) or midwifery-led unit (MLU). This person cannot be swapped.
- From 5 October 2020, women can be accompanied by a partner or chosen supporter for their 20-week anomaly scan.
- On Dacre and Gloucester wards there is no visiting.
- If you are attending triage, the day assessment unit (DAU), antenatal clinic or the scan department for a scan other than the anomaly scan, please attend alone.
No other visitors will be allowed at any time, including children, until further notice.
To find out more about our maternity visiting policy please read this statement from our chief nurse and our frequently asked questions page.
If you have read the statement and our FAQs, but have further questions which haven’t been answered – please call our maternity advice line (running from 7am to 9pm every day) on 07789 935620.
Outpatients are asked to attend appointments alone wherever possible, and children should be accompanied by one adult only.
These restrictions continue to be reviewed, but your health, safety and wellbeing, that of our patients, communities and individuals and teams across the organisation, remain our absolute priority.
We appreciate not being able to see loved ones is difficult, so the trust provides ‘keep in touch’ services so you can stay connected. As well as the use of tablets to make video calls, you can have messages and photos hand-delivered – click here to find out more.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this challenging time.