Coronavirus (COVID-19): Visitor restrictions

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

At this time, it is vital that we all do everything we can to delay the spread of infection.

We understand that this can be difficult, but want to ensure we are protecting our staff, patients and their families as best as we can.

Who can visit

Visiting is strictly limited to one essential visitor per patient.

This can be:

  • Those visiting for compassionate reasons (visit must be pre-arranged with ward manager)
  • Parents of patients aged under 16
  • One named visitor/birth partner will be allowed into Delivery Suite, Hazel Ward and the White Horse Birth Centre. The named visitor will not be able to change during a woman's stay. Women attending with suspected or a confirmed case of COVID-19 will not be able to have any visitors or a birthing partner.
  • One relative to enter hospital to collect a patient who has been discharged. 

Who cannot visit

These people must not visit under any circumstances

  • Anyone self-isolating for coronavirus
  • Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus
  • Anyone at an increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus
  • Children aged under 16 on maternity wards and children aged under 18 on the Children's Ward
  • No children on general wards
  • No visitors are allowed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Other rules and restrictions

If you have a community appointment, please let us know in advance.

Each expectant mother attending for ultrasound scans may be accompanied by only one person.

If you are visiting a patient, please practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands more often for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitiser. 

We apologise for the inconvenience and we want to say thank you to our local community for supporting us at this time.

Parking charges suspended

We have lifted the barriers in all of our car parks from today, so parking is now free for all patients, visitors and staff.

The public will not need to queue to pay for their parking at the parking machines.

This will go some way in delaying the spread of infection and we hope that it will make this difficult situation slightly better for our patients, visitors and staff alike.

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