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Visiting at UHNM (updated Monday 30 May 2022)

We know how important visiting is to patients and their loved ones. The majority of inpatients are permitted to have two visitors, between 2pm and 4pm and again between 6pm and 8pm. In the majority of cases these do not have to be the same two visitors.

As our hospitals care for vulnerable patients and continue to be high-risk locations for Covid-19, all visitors will be required to:

  • sanitise their hands
  • wear a hospital-supply surgical face mask (unless they are medically exempt)
  • follow any personal protective equipment (PPE) guidance as instructed by staff while they are on hospital premises

Visitors do not need to provide a negative lateral flow test.

However, please do not enter our hospitals if:

  • you have Covid-19 symptoms
  • you have any respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing or a sore throat
  • you've been sick or have diarrhoea

For patients who are on wards with active transmissible infections we are unable to permit face to face general visiting but all wards can help to facilitate virtual visiting.   

Where a patient may be coming towards the end of life or are critically ill in these areas with active transmissible infection, then please discuss with the nurse in charge to organise safe visiting,  we know that this is a very difficult time for you and your loved one and we will do everything we can to support you.

 

COVID-19 Symptoms

Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms must not visit.

Handwashing

All visitors must observe good hand hygiene (handwashing) and wear the appropriate PPE such as a surgical face mask as instructed by the clinical team.

*Please ensure you have no Covid-19 symptoms when attending hospital*

 

Adult inpatient wards

Visiting hours are between 2pm and 4pm and 6pm and 8pm every day, unless there are other agreements in place with the ward.

Two visitors are allowed to visit the patient at a time. A different visitor is allowed each day.

Please speak to the ward to make arrangements to visit your friend/relative outside of these hours.

Children are not generally permitted to visit. However, consideration will be given to under-18s attending with appropriate support in exceptional circumstances.

You should always follow directions from ward staff. Please ask them if you’re not sure about anything

 

SSCU

Visiting is permitted between 2pm and 4pm and 5pm and 7pm

We ask that the same two visitors attend for the duration of the patients stay.

Visitors will also be asked to wear enhanced PPE including gloves, apron and mask.

 

Ward 107, ward 109, ward 111

We ask that in the above areas the same two visitors attend for the duration of the patients stay.

Visitors will also be asked to wear enhanced PPE including gloves, apron and mask.

One person may accompany a patient in the Emergency Department.

Visiting and Attending Appointments

*Please ensure you have no Covid-19 symptoms when attending hospital*

Antenatal appointments

  • Up to one partner can attend all hospital based antenatal appointments
  • Up to two partners can attend all community based appointments

 

Scans

  • One partner can attend all scan appointments

 

Induction of labour and birthing visiting

  • Two birth partners can accompany the woman for induction of labour, established labour and birth

 

Ward visiting (205 and 206)

Visiting is permitted between 9am and 9pm for partners and own children only.

General visiting is permitted between 6pm and 9pm .

No more than two visitors are allowed per bed at one time (including the partner).

Children must not be left unsupervised with patients on the ward.

For paediatric wards, each child can have two parents/carers visit a day with one parent/carer able to remain overnight.

In the Neonatal Unit, both parents/named carers are able to visit.

You should always follow directions from ward staff. Please ask them if you’re not sure about anything.

Outpatient appointments

Patients may be accompanied to their appointment by one other person.

Critical care visiting is from 10am-10pm. Please contact the department to discuss.

In addition to the above for general visiting, we are committed to continue supporting compassionate visiting, allowing more individualised visiting arrangements where required, for example a patient may:

  • Be critically ill or receiving end of life care
  • Require carers to support with learning disabilities
  • Require carers to support with dementia
  • Be receiving particularly difficult news
  • Require assistance with their communication or to meet their health, emotional, religious or spiritual care needs
  • They are there to support through antenatal and scan attendances, induction of labour, during labour, as well as in the postnatal period