We can all play a role in reducing the spread of coronavirus and keeping our hospitals safe.
If you are coming to hospital as a visitor or for planned outpatient care, it is important that you wear a face covering at all times. This is for your safety and the safety of other patients and staff.
Face coverings can be cloth and/or homemade, and advice on how to wear and make one can be found on the government website. Face coverings worn as part of religious beliefs or cultural practice are also acceptable, providing they are not loose and cover the mouth and nose.
We are asking that you plan in advance and bring a face covering with you whenever possible, but if you do not have one available when you come to hospital, please see a member of staff on arrival and we will provide you with one.
If you are currently shielding and have been provided with a surgical face mask for your appointments, please continue to use this. If you have not been provided with a surgical face mask, you should wear a face covering.
For some people, wearing a face covering may be difficult due to physical or mental health conditions. In these instances, other measures will be considered on a case by case basis, for example timed appointments and being seen immediately on arrival.
If you are a deaf or hearing impaired, our staff have a range of communication options to ensure that they can communicate effectively with you. This might include the use of clear masks where possible, as well as visual aids such as writing things down, speech to text apps and sign language.
Women in labour will not need to wear a face covering mask unless they have Coronavirus or symptoms of the virus. Pregnant women admitted to hospital will not have to wear a face covering.
Please don’t wear gloves as these can increase the spread of germs. The best way to reduce the spread of Coronavirus is to wash your hands well for 20 seconds using soap and water or hand sanitiser.
Visiting remains restricted and is only currently allowed in exceptional circumstances: visiting a patient at the end of their life, one parent visiting a child and one birth partner can accompany for the labour and birth. Birth partners will then be asked to leave after spending some time together after the birth.
Appointments and scans
For all appointments, scans, clinics and when visiting A&E you should come alone. If you bring others with you who don’t need to be there, they will be turned away. The only exception to this is the 20 week (anomoly) scan as one partner can now attend this.
We appreciate there may be exceptional circumstances such as needing someone with you for medical assistance.