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Mask wearing

Patients, visitors and staff are no longer required to wear a face mask in non-clinical areas and in the majority of clinical areas. However, you may be asked to wear a mask in areas where we are treating our most vulnerable patients.

Whilst you no longer need to wear a mask, we recognise some people will feel more comfortable doing so. If you would like to wear a mask, please do so.


You do not need to book a visiting time but please check visiting hours for the specific ward or unit. In some circumstances, if you are visiting someone who has an infection – or who is especially vulnerable to infection – a member of staff may ask you to wear a face mask and, in some cases, other personal protective equipment.

As always, for anyone coming into our hospitals, please keep the following in mind:

  • if you feel unwell – for example if you have symptoms of Covid-19, any respiratory illness, flu, sickness or diarrhoea– please do not come to hospital
  • we may need to restrict visiting in certain areas from time to time to help protect our most vulnerable patients, or to prevent the spread of infections or illnesses. We appreciate your understanding in these circumstances
  • use hand sanitiser or wash your hands as you enter the hospital and when entering or leaving any department
  • follow any local infection prevention and control measures, as advised by staff and signage

Planned care

You no longer need to take a lateral flow or PCR test before you come into hospital. This is in line with the latest government guidance.

In some exceptional circumstances your doctor may still ask you to do a test, but this is very rare. This would be discussed with you before your admission to hospital.

Covid-19 vaccination

We continue to urge everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Waiting times

During the height of the pandemic, as we had to focus more on caring for patients with Covid-19 and other urgent and emergency needs, our waiting lists for planned care grew. It is the same across the whole NHS. Our clinicians prioritise all patients waiting for care according to individual clinical need. Waiting times will be different for different people, even those with the same condition. If you require care more urgently, you will be seen more quickly. We are increasing our planned care capacity and have a number of other initiatives in place to help reduce our waiting times as quickly as possible.

If you or a family member are waiting for hospital treatment, you can access the NHS My Planned Care digital platform which provides the latest average waiting times across all NHS trusts.

The My Planned Care platform also provides helpful advice and support while you are waiting, including details on how to manage any pain, your mental health, keeping healthy and accessing financial help and other local support. It can also help you to prepare for your care, including how to make a plan for your care and treatment alongside your healthcare professional.

*Please ensure you have no Covid-19 symptoms when attending hospital*


Adult inpatient wards

Visiting hours are between 2pm and 4pm and 6pm and 8pm every day, unless there are other agreements in place with the ward.

Two visitors are allowed to visit the patient at a time. A different visitor is allowed each day.

Please speak to the ward to make arrangements to visit your friend/relative outside of these hours.

Children are not generally permitted to visit. However, consideration will be given to under-18s attending with appropriate support in exceptional circumstances.

You should always follow directions from ward staff. Please ask them if you’re not sure about anything



Visiting is permitted between 2pm and 4pm and 5pm and 7pm

We ask that the same two visitors attend for the duration of the patients stay.

Visitors will also be asked to wear enhanced PPE including gloves, apron and mask.


Ward 107, ward 109, ward 111

We ask that in the above areas the same two visitors attend for the duration of the patients stay.

Visitors will also be asked to wear enhanced PPE including gloves, apron and mask.

One person may accompany a patient in the Emergency Department.

Visiting and Attending Appointments

*Please ensure you have no Covid-19 symptoms when attending hospital*

Antenatal appointments

  • Up to one partner can attend all hospital based antenatal appointments
  • Up to two partners can attend all community based appointments



  • One partner can attend all scan appointments


Induction of labour and birthing visiting

  • Two birth partners can accompany the woman for induction of labour, established labour and birth


Ward visiting (205 and 206)

Visiting is permitted between 9am and 9pm for partners and own children only.

General visiting is permitted between 6pm and 9pm .

No more than two visitors are allowed per bed at one time (including the partner).

Children must not be left unsupervised with patients on the ward.

For paediatric wards, each child can have two parents/carers visit a day with one parent/carer able to remain overnight.

In the Neonatal Unit, both parents/named carers are able to visit.

You should always follow directions from ward staff. Please ask them if you’re not sure about anything.

Outpatient appointments

Patients may be accompanied to their appointment by one other person.

Critical care visiting is now 10am-7pm everyday

Cardiothoracic critical care is  12-3pm  5.30-7.30pm everyday

Please contact the department to discuss.

In addition to the above for general visiting, we are committed to continue supporting compassionate visiting, allowing more individualised visiting arrangements where required, for example a patient may:

  • Be critically ill or receiving end of life care
  • Require carers to support with learning disabilities
  • Require carers to support with dementia
  • Be receiving particularly difficult news
  • Require assistance with their communication or to meet their health, emotional, religious or spiritual care needs
  • They are there to support through antenatal and scan attendances, induction of labour, during labour, as well as in the postnatal period