We know that it is important for people admitted to hospital to have regular contact with family and friends, however it is also vital that we keep people safe from infection while coronavirus continues to be in general circulation.
While visitors are no longer required to confirm a negative lateral flow test on the day of visiting, you must not visit if you are feeling unwell or have any of the symptoms of coronavirus. We are still asking everyone to wear a face mask or covering, observe social distancing and wash/sanitise their hands regularly when visiting us.
We want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to reduce the risk of infection to our patients and staff, and these measures will help us keep them safe.
Lateral flow (LFT) testing
- From Friday 1 April, visitors are no longer required to confirm a negative lateral flow test on the day of visiting. If you do wish to do so and you have a testing kit available to you, then you can still let our staff know that you have completed one and the result. If you do decide to test yourself then please do not attend if the result is positive.
- If you are feeling unwell or have any of the symptoms of coronavirus, please do not visit. Symptoms include a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, and a loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste. If you start to feel unwell during your visit, please let our staff know immediately.
- Visitors are still required to wear a face mask or covering at all times in all wards, outpatient and clinic areas, unless you are exempt. Wearing a face mask will help to limit the spread of Covid-19, and protect our patients and staff.
- If you do not have a mask then please speak to a member of staff who will be able to provide you with one.
- All visitors must continue to wash or sanitise their hands thoroughly before entering all wards, outpatient and clinic areas.
- Visitors should do the same on leaving and when moving between rooms/areas.
Arranging a visit
- Please continue to telephone the ward to pre-arrange your visit. This is to ensure that ward staff can plan your visit around other activities and provide you with the most up-to-date information about the ward prior to your visit
- Contact information for wards and departments are available on our website. Please be patient when calling our ward staff – they will do their very best to help you.
- While we aim not to restrict visiting to any of our wards, it may be necessary due to infection. This is to protect you from the risk of infection while you are visiting. If visiting is restricted on a ward where your loved is staying, ward staff will contact the patient’s next of kin and also inform you when you call to pre-arrange your visit.
We would like to thank you in advance for your continued support and understanding. The safety of our staff, patients, carers and visitors remains our top priority.