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.