Although visiting will be open during these hours, we would like to stress the importance of allowing enough time for our patients to rest and recuperate during their hospital stay, and encourage visitors to consider making visits of one hour where possible.
Restrictions may need to be reintroduced on wards that are declared to have an infection outbreak. In all other areas, patients will be allowed a maximum of two visitors at a time. Patients in our Emergency Departments can be accompanied by one visitor where necessary.
Where restrictions are in place, visiting will continue to be permitted in the following instances:
In exceptional circumstances, including on wards declared in outbreak
The patient is receiving end-of-life care
1 parent/carer is allowed to stay with their child or baby throughout their time in hospital
The visitor is supporting someone with dementia, a learning disability, autism, or something where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed. For patients with dementia, John’s campaign is available for one family member/carer to visit and support the patient as needed
Visiting restrictions are subject to change at short notice dependent on levels of infection. Please be aware that visits are not always guaranteed.
Visitors should not visit any health or care setting if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, or are knowingly COVID-19 positive.
Mask use has changed in our hospitals and community settings
There is no longer a requirement to wear a mask within all areas unless there is a request on entering a specific ward or unit; this could be because of the risk to other patients or that there is a potential risk to yourself.
We ask that anyone that has to come to the hospital and has any symptoms of a cold, Flu or COVID, and are able to, please wear a mask.
If you have any symptoms of diarrhoea, Cold, Flu or COVID then we ask that you do not come to the hospital for visiting.
If you would prefer to wear a mask at all times, it is your personal choice and you will be supported by UHMBT colleagues when visiting the sites. It is vital however that when masks are worn, they are changed in a timely manner with appropriate hand hygiene.
Hand hygiene is a vital part of infection prevention and we ask that all patients and visitors wash or sanitise their hands at the available sanitiser stations or hand wash sinks.