Key changes announced today are:
- Generally one visitor will be allowed per patient for an allocated timeslot. The visit must be booked in advance. Visitors must be from the same household or family bubble. (see below on how to book)
- Wards which have infected or exposed patients cannot be visited except by exception for end-of-life-care purposes
- Children are not allowed to visit
- A&E, outpatients, urgent care (including Esther White and Walter Tull wards at NGH) and diagnostic visits remain restricted to the patient attending only – unless there are exceptional circumstances where a relative/carer is needed to enable the visit. They may have to wait outside the clinical area while the patient is treated.
- Children’s wards – two parents or guardians per child can visit and one parent can stay overnight with their child
- Maternity visiting remains the same as already announced at both hospitals.
- End of life patients are allowed open visiting where possible with one visitor per side room. This will be based on individual arrangements to suit the needs of patients and their loved ones.
- Visiting times and arrangements for patients with learning disabilities will be arranged on an individual basis depending on the patient’s needs.
To book appointments for hospital visiting:
The Trust will be phoning the families of patients to ask if they want to arrange visiting from Wednesday, May 5.