Visiting times

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Keeping our patients safe

Please do not visit if you have:

  • Respiratory symptoms or COVID-19 symptoms
  • Recently been in close contact with someone who has had COVID-19.
  • Vomited or had diarrhoea within the last 72 hours.

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

Covid rates are high again, so all visitors must wear a face covering or surgical mask in all areas of our hospitals. 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.  

University Hospital Lewisham ward visiting times

Adult inpatient ward areas

  • Open visiting at all times for immediate family or carer only (as identified in the care plan) unless ward staff advise otherwise
  • Visiting for all other visitors from 3pm to 8pm.
  • Two visitors are allowed at a time unless exceptional circumstances apply and agreed by the nurse or midwife in charge.

Areas with special visiting arrangements

The following areas have special visiting arrangements in place to meet the specific needs of the patients being cared for:

  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU): 10am to 12 midday and 4pm to 8pm
  • High Dependency Unit (HDU): 10am to 12 midday and 4pm to 8pm
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): Parents can visit at any time
  • Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU): Parents can visit at any time
  • Paediatrics (Children’s Wards): Parents can visit at any time
  • Maternity - Anderson Delivery Suite: 24 hour visiting
  • Maternity wards – You can only be visited by one person each day, and one person each night. If you wish, the person at night can be different to the one who came in during the day.  

    Your visitor can be a partner, support person, friend or relative. Children are not allowed to visit.  

    We ask all women and birthing people, visitors and support persons to wear a mask in all our clinical areas, including labour and post-natal wards. 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. Limiting the number of people coming into our maternity wards helps to keep patients, babies and staff safe. 

  • In our Emergency Departments (A&E) patients may only be accompanied by one person.

Visiting guidelines

  • Visitors are limited to 2 per bed
  • We ask visitors not to sit on beds to help us with infection control 
  • Please check with the Ward Manager if you would like children to visit you while in hospital
  • If children do visit, please encourage them not to sit or crawl on the floor or disturb other patients.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital ward visiting times

Adult inpatient ward areas

  • Open visiting at all times for immediate family or carer only (as identified in the care plan) unless ward staff advise otherwise
  • Visiting for all other visitors from 3pm to 8pm.
  • Two visitors are allowed at a time unless exceptional circumstances apply and agreed by the nurse or midwife in charge.

Areas with special visiting arrangements

The following areas have special visiting arrangements in place and are specific to the needs of the unit:

  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU): 12 midday to 5pm and 6pm to 7.30pm
  • High Dependency Unit (HDU): 12 midday to 5pm and 6pm to 7.30pm
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): Parents can visit at any time
  • Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU): Parents can visit at any time. Other visitors can visit at anytime but must be accompanied by a parent.
  • Paediatrics (Children’s Wards): Parents can visit at any time
  • Oncology (cancer): any time
  • Maternity - Delivery Suite: (Labour Ward): any time
  • Maternity wards: You can only be visited by one person each day, and one person each night. If you wish, the person at night can be different to the one who came in during the day.  

    Your visitor can be a partner, support person, friend or relative. Children are not allowed to visit.  

    We ask all women and birthing people, visitors and support persons to wear a mask in all our clinical areas, including labour and post-natal wards. 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. Limiting the number of people coming into our maternity wards helps to keep patients, babies and staff safe. 

  • Emergency Department (A&E): patients may only be accompanied by one person.

Visiting guidelines

  • Visitors are limited to 2 per bed
  • We ask visitors not to sit on beds to help us with infection control 
  • Please check with the Ward Manager if you would like children to visit you while in hospital
  • If children do visit, please encourage them not to sit or crawl on the floor or disturb other patients.