THE TRUST REMAINS AT STEP 2 (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MATERNITY ON STEP 3). THERE ARE NO CHANGES TO THE VISITING RULES AFTER THE 19TH JULY.

Visiting is determined by department/ward and will be implemented in 3 steps. Step 1 commenced on 12th April, step 2 commenced on 17th May and remains the same (with the exception of the Maternity Dept). Please view these leaflets to see each step:

Main Entrance

  • Our volunteers will welcome you at the hospital front doors again, greeting and directing patients and visitors.
  • Our security team have stepped back to the internal doors leading onto the main corridor 'Hospital Street'. Access is gained as per our current guidance (visitor code or appointment letter).
  • Our Security teams continue to support the Empress and ED entrances and follow current access guidance.
  • We ask that you please continue to wear a face covering, clean hands upon entry and maintain physical distancing where possible within our main foyer, shops and facilities.
  • Face masks, visors and hand gel remain available at the front doors as well as with security at the rear of the foyer, please ask if you need one.
  • Please note, there will be no access for patients or the public to the staircase within the main foyer.

Outpatients

Due to social distancing in the waiting areas of outpatients it is NOT possible to allow outpatients to have an accompanying person. Only those requiring assistance with communication, and children, may bring an accompanying person. Radiology patients are encouraged to attend by themselves but where required the limit is 1 other person only attending.

Patients attending for an outpatient appointment will be asked to present their outpatient letter or text reminder on arrival. Only essential relatives or carers will be allowed to attend the appointment with the patient.

Any visitor given a limited access pass will be asked if they have or develop Covid–19 symptoms, they MUST NOT attend. Alternative arrangements can be made.

Children's Outpatients

Children attending Outpatient appointments and The Children's Resource Centre are to be accompanied by 1 parent/guardian only. 

We are unable to accommodate other family members or siblings. In exceptional circumstances, where all other childcare arrangements have been exhausted, siblings may be able to attend. It’s important you phone the team to inform them of extra children attending 01322 428232.

We advise that you bring some activities for your child to pass the time in the waiting area. Its important children remain seated and supervised at all times by their accompanying parent/guardian to maintain safety and social distancing. We ask that children and babies are not placed on the floor to play due to the risk of infection.  

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