We know how important it is for patients and visitors to see their loved ones and so we have eased the visiting restrictions at our hospitals.
We review our approach to visiting on a weekly basis and may be required to change the approach if we feel the safety of our staff and patients is at risk. Our approach to visiting will be reviewed in line with national guidance and according to local prevalence.
To help us ensure social distancing on our wards, we ask that each patient has a maximum of 2 visitors at a time.
Those visiting must not have any symptoms of Covid (a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change to sense of smell or taste or cold like symptoms).
Visitors are not required to wear a face covering unless they are visiting a patient who is based in an oncology (a department or ward in the hospital that treats cancer patients, such as the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre), haematology or renal setting or there are patients in the area you are visiting being treated for these conditions. Our staff and posters on the ward will advise you as to whether you should wear a face covering.
Visitors will not need to complete a rapid lateral flow test before they visit.
You may be asked to wait outside the ward if there are a large number of visitors, this is to help us ensure we maintain social distancing.
You may also be asked to wait outside the ward if we are serving our patients their meals, please bear with us and we’ll allow you in to the ward as soon as we can.
Each ward has slightly different visiting times, and you can find full details on our visiting hours webpage.
Visiting inpatients at the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre
Inpatients at the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre can have 1 visitor at a time for 2 hours, between 2pm-8pm, 7 days a week.
All visitors will be screened for Covid when they arrive at the ward, they will be asked to sign an attendance log and must:
• wear a face covering throughout their visit (unless medically exempt).
• not have any symptoms of Covid (a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change to sense of smell or taste or cold like symptoms).
Visitors will no longer need to complete a rapid lateral flow test before they visit.