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Changes to visiting rules

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From today (28 May 2021), our visiting restrictions are changing in line with national guidance. The main changes are as follows:

  • Adult inpatients on wards will be allowed two named visitors (one at a time)

  • Patients nearing the end of life will be allowed four named visitors (two at a time)

The arrangements for maternity and children remain unchanged and are as follows:

  • Women during labour or a caesarean section may be accompanied by one birthing partner

  • Women on the maternity wards can be visited by their partner or one named visitor between the hours of 10am and 10pm

  • Children under 16 on our inpatient wards can be visited by two named adults (usually parents), although not at the same time.

  • Babies in the Neonatal Unit can be visited by both parents at any time.

We will be asking each visitor to pre-book their visit with the ward and to come at a different time to other named visitors. Visits should be limited to one hour, although exceptions can be made for patients with dementia or a learning disability.

Contact details for wards at University Hospital Lewisham

Contact details for wards at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

We will also be encouraging visitors to perform a rapid Covid 19 test using a lateral flow device (LFD) at home or at a rapid test centre, report the results on the government website and bring along the email or text confirming a negative result. You can order LFD kits for free online.

If you cannot get your test outside of the Trust, there is a testing centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital as well as limited capacity to get a lateral flow test at University Hospital Lewisham:

  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital: Meridian Car Park testing centre, 9am–4pm, Monday to Sunday. To book a test, call 020 8836 6886.

  • University Hospital Lewisham: pre-assessment clinic, first floor, Yellow Zone, 2pm–4pm, Monday to Saturday. To book a test, call 0208 333 3198.

We will continue to ask adult patients to attend the emergency departments, cancer services and outpatient appointments alone where possible. Vulnerable patients – such as those with dementia or who have a learning disability – will be supported to attend with a carer.

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