Visiting sites and inpatient wards

You must not visit our hospitals if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are self-isolating because you’ve been in contact with someone who has symptoms.
You must continue to wear face coverings, use hand sanitiser and maintain social distancing when visiting our sites to help minimise the risk of infection.
If friends or relatives want to bring somehting in for a patient, they need to contact the ward and arrange it in advance. Items needs to be clearly labelled.
Please follow the signs and guidance posters in our buildings.

Inpatient wards

We allow limited visiting to our inpatient hospital wards and mental health units, in line with current NHS COVID-19 restrictions.

Patients may have two visitors. These two may visit on an appointment basis arranged in advance by contacting the ward.

All patients are screened for COVID-19 on admission and visiting can be arranged from admission on agreement with the admitting ward.

Please arrive at the site wearing a face covering, and clean your hands on entering the building.

You must use hand sanitiser and put on a surgical mask before entering the hospital. These will be provided for you on arrival.

Please comply with the social distancing guidance, staying two metres away from others wherever possible during your visit. Follow the signs and guidance posters in our buildings.

To find out the visiting times of a ward, please contact the hospital directly.

Unfortunately, no visitors are allowed for patients who have COVID-19, except for compassionate reasons – for example, to see people receiving end-of-life care.

We are offering a virtual inpatient visiting service at a number of our sites, where electronic tablets are given to inpatients to keep in contact with relatives and friends via video. 

Visiting an inpatient ward – what you need to do


Outpatient appointments

Outpatient appointments are continuing to take place where appropriate and where it is safe to do so. We would recommend you come alone unless it is with a child or someone that needs additional support. For further information about individual services, please review  how our services are running or contact the service directly.

Prior to attending a site, please refer to your appointment letter or read the following guidance for specific details on visiting so you are COVID-19 safe. 

Guidance and information on attending an outpatient appointment 


We understand these restrictions are very difficult, but are necessary to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus and keep all visitors, patients and staff safe. Thank you for your co-operation and continued support of the NHS.

COVID-19 (coronavirus)