Changes to our visiting policy

03 July 2020
Restricted visiting will be permitted on most wards at our Trust from Monday 6 July. Please follow our guidance below, as some areas do still have restrictions.

Non-Covid inpatient wards

To arrange a visit, please call the ward where your loved one or friend is staying to find out which slots are available. One person should be identified as the designated visitor per patient, so that we minimise potential spread of the infection.

Patients in the non-Covid inpatient wards will be allowed a visit from their designated visitor per day for two hours. 

We understand families often want to visit people as a group, but we can’t allow that under the present circumstances.

A carer will be classed as the visitor due to social distancing rules. Should a family member wish to visit, the carer may swap out of the clinical area in order to support the family visiting.

If you are unable to arrange a visit, or feel uncomfortable about doing so, you can still use our Letters from Loved Ones service.

You are able to bring items to the hospital on weekdays (Monday to Friday) between 8am and 6pm only. We are unable to accept food which perishes quickly, as there may be a delay of several hours before the items can be delivered. We understand that personal possessions and treats are important for patients’ wellbeing, but please be considerate and limit items to those which are most important to the patient.

Health screening on the telephone must occur prior to visiting as visitors will still not be permitted to visit the hospital if:

  • you have symptoms of coronavirus, or have been asked to isolate for 14 days due to exposure to someone else who has them
  • you are feeling unwell in any way
  • you have been sent guidance to ‘shield’ or are within a ‘high risk group’, or
  • you are under the age of 16. Children should not accompany adults to the site, unless it is for treatment or clinic appointments.

Elective Surgery Ward

Visitors for our patients who have been asked to ‘shield’ for fourteen days prior to surgery should be someone from their social bubble, ideally from the same household, and must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as directed by the ward team. This is to ensure these patients are protected as much as possible from the transmission of coronavirus.

Covid wards

Visiting is still not allowed on wards where we are treating patients with Covid. This is to minimise the risk of transmission and protect our patients, visitors and staff.

Maternity services

Antenatal

No partners are to attend any antenatal appointments, or scan appointments. The only exceptions to this are that women attending for an appointment at the Rosie Rainbow Clinic and women attending for their first fetal medicine appointment, can attend with a partner of choice. 

In antenatal inpatient areas from a single (the same) birth partner will be able to attend during a pre-booked 2 hour daily time slot. Time slots will be organised on admission to the area and then daily thereafter. This is to ensure we are able to offer  equitable access to visiting and ensure safety in line with current social distancing recommendations. 

Labour, Birth and Posntatal

A woman or birthing person may be accompanied by a single (the same) birthing partner during labour and birth on the Rosie Birth Centre, Delivery Unit and Theatres and may now remain for a longer duration post birth, wherever immediate post birth care is provided; up to 6 hours or until the woman or birthing person is transferred to a postnatal ward or they are discharged home, whichever occurs soonest. 

For homebirths, one named birthing partner may be present throughout the time you are being attended by your midwife. No other adult should be in any rooms used for labouring and birthing. If there are children in the household then it is the responsibility of the birth partner to care for them, or alternate arrangements should be made. 

In postnatal inpatient areas one named birth partner will be able to attend during a pre- booked 2 hour daily time slot. Time slots will be organised on admission to the area and then daily thereafter. This is to ensure we are able to offer equitable access to visiting and ensure safety in line with current social distancing recommendations.

Emergency department / A&E

Patients attending our Emergency Department are also expected to be unaccompanied unless there are exceptional circumstances (for example a child or an individual who needs a carer).

Children’s services

Only one parent will be allowed to be with a child (under 18) at any one time. 

Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) – one parent will be allowed to be with a child (under 18) at any one time. 

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

In the ITU/HDU rooms, both parents from the same household can access the unit together for 4 hours from 11am each day.

In the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) rooms, both parents can now stay for up to 6 hours to help establish feeding and planning for home. The time can be split into 2 visits per day

Time slots must be booked via telephone with the nurse caring for your baby on the day

To book a video call with the medical and nursing team, or to see your baby by video link, please speak with the nurse caring for your baby.

CUH patients based at Nuffield Hospital

Nuffield Hospital operates one person visiting, per patient, per day, and this visiting is open. The patient receives details of visiting and shares this with their visitors.

Specific caring roles

Where carers are needed to ensure the safe care of a patient on the ward (such as patients who have dementia, delirium or learning disabilities) the decision to admit one carer will be authorised by the nurse in charge/ ward leader. A local agreement will be reached on the length of time that carers will stay and support the patient. Anyone who falls into this category must wear their carer’s passport (ID badge) which is available on the wards.  
 


What to expect when you come to our hospitals

People who have been granted visiting rights to our hospitals must only gain access through one of the designated entrance points, closest to the ward you are visiting:

  • Main entrance
  • Rosie Hospital entrance
  • Outpatient entrance
  • ATC entrance

You can view the hospital map to identify where your closest entrance is located.

These entry points are managed by our Trust’s friendly security team and they will direct you to hand washing/sanitising stations on arrival and ensure face coverings are worn. If anyone arrives at the hospitals without a face covering, a medical grade face mask will be provided in emergencies.

Please maintain a 2m distance from others at all times while in our hospitals.

If you need to be on our site for an extended period of time (for example diagnostic tests and subsequent outpatient clinics, or for parents attending NICU/PICU) please bring some refreshments with you to avoid visiting busier areas of the hospitals.

We realise that you may want to see a member of the treating team during your visiting slot, but this may not be possible when you are on site due to clinical commitments, and we thank you for your understanding.

Once your visit has finished, you must leave our site immediately to avoid any unnecessary risk of transmitting coronavirus.

Thank you for bearing with us, we know it’s a difficult time for many families and friends with loved ones staying in our hospitals.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

More information can be found on the NHS website here.

We will continue to review our visiting policy as the situation regarding COVID-19 develops.