Covid-19: guide for visitors

Mask wearing for the patients, visitors and staff

Tuesday 11 Ocober 2022: Covid numbers are rising so please wear a mask in all clinical areas.

The rate of Covid infections in our local communities is rising, and more of our patients are testing positive for Covid.

To keep everyone safe we are now asking all patients, staff and visitors to wear a facemask in all our clinical areas. This includes:

  • Hospital wards and our emergency departments (A&E)
  • Outpatient clinics and waiting rooms
  • Consulting rooms and waiting areas in our community healthcare settings.

Mask dispensers are available at our main entrances. We understand that a few people may have a medical reason or special communication need that means they are unable to wear a face covering.  

Thank you for your understanding and for helping us to keep our patients, staff, visitors and our local communities safe. 

In the future there may need to be a return to mask wearing in corridors and other non-clinical areas if COVID or flu numbers start to rise significantly, during an outbreak or if a new variant is found that causes increased hospitalisation.


Patient visiting

We are now able to return patient visiting arrangements on our wards to pre-pandemic guidance. Therefore, patients can have a maximum of two visitors at any one time in accordance with ward visiting times.

Please do not visit if you:

  • have respiratory symptoms/COVID-19 symptoms,
  • you have recently been in close contact with someone who has had COVID-19.
  • you have vomited or had diarrhoea within 72 hours.

In our Emergency Departments (ED) visiting will be limited to one person, to accompany a patient. In times when the number of patients in our EDs is high, visitors will be kindly requested to give up seats and space for patients.

In our maternity areas, visiting will return to a maximum of two per patient at any one time, excluding children.

No children should visit adult wards unless agreed in exceptional circumstances, for example end of life care.

In children’s areas, visiting will also return to a maximum of two per child.


Social distancing

We no longer have a requirement for social distancing in most of our healthcare settings. The exceptions will be clinics which see vulnerable patients – where they will be carrying out risk assessments.


Visiting times

Details of visiting times and guidance about who can visit are on our visiting times page.