New visiting arrangements from 3 August

We are being very careful about opening up visiting because we want to protect patients and visitors whilst the virus is still in our communities. However we know how difficult it is not being able to visit and the benefits it brings to patients and loved ones.

So from 3rd August many of our patients will be allowed one nominated visitor to visit each day for up to an hour. Due to infection control precautions some patients or areas will not be able to have visitors and those patients will be informed of this. Please check with the person you want to visit before you make any plans to visit.

If you are the nominated visitor you will need to follow the guidance below:

  • You need to notify the ward that you are the nominated visitor before you visit for the first time.
  • You must be the only visitor unless there are exceptional circumstances agreed with the ward in advance. For example if a patient is receiving end of life care, has a carer, is giving birth, is in critical care or in the neonatal unit. Covid-19 positive patients who are receiving end of life care will also continue to be allowed visits.
  • You must wear a face covering at all times and wash your hands on entry and exit to the ward/unit. Please ensure you follow the signage about social distancing.
  • Visits must be limited to one visit per day, for a maximum duration of one hour.
  • You must not have Covid-19 symptoms (symptoms of a high temperature, loss of taste and/or smell, a cough and new shortness of breath).
  • You should not visit if you are in self-isolation (e.g. after being in contact with a Covid-19 positive person, being contacted by Track and Trace or after visiting a country identified as requiring 14 days quarantine as per national guidance).
  • Visiting is not advised if you are ‘shielding’, but you may discuss with the nurse in charge over the phone.
  • Visitors should not congregate in communal areas.

Outpatient appointments and Baby scans

At the moment there is no change to current rules which are that you must come alone to outpatient appointments and baby scans unless there are exceptional circumstances which you have agreed with us in advance.

Will I have to wear a face covering or mask?

Yes. You must wear a face covering when you come to our hospitals or community health centres. This is to help us limit the transmission of COVID-19 and keep you, our patients and staff as safe as possible.

Other important information about visiting

What are the exceptional circumstances?

Exceptional circumstances include visiting patients at end of life, your baby on the Neonatal ward or accompanying a woman in labour. If you think you have a different exceptional circumstance, please discuss this with the nurse in charge of the ward over the phone.

What about having someone with me for an outpatient appointment?

Please come alone to outpatient appointments, antenatal appointments/scans or procedures unless you need assistance

What about birth partners and visitors once my baby is born?

Only birth partners are allowed to accompany women in labour and there is no visiting by anyone else after the birth.

What about visiting on the Neonatal Unit?

One parent at a time is allowed to attend the Neonatal Unit. No other visitors are allowed.

Where do the visiting rules apply?

The new rules for inpatient visiting and outpatients apply to the Northern General Hospital, Hallamshire Hospital, Weston Park Hospital, Jessop Wing and Charles Clifford Dental Hospital as well as community health buildings, including the Stroke Pathway Assessment and Rehabilitation Centre (SPARC), run by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

What will happen if I am allowed to visit?

This leaflet explains what will happen when you visit.

 

Download our leaflet

Helping you keep in touch with your loved ones in hospital

We understand this is a difficult situation and you want to be close to your loved ones when they are in hospital therefore anyone who wishes to communicate with their relative via an alternative method, such as mobile phone/face time/Skype is welcome to do so. We have free internet access across the Trust for patients to use. We have also provided phones and ipads on all wards for patients to use if the patient doesn’t have their own device.