No visiting from Monday 19th October unless exceptional circumstances.

It is with regret that due to increasing cases of COVID-19 in the community we have taken the difficult decision to once again limit the number of people coming into our hospitals to try and limit transmission of the virus to patients and our staff. 

From Monday 19th October visiting is not allowed unless in exceptional circumstances such as end of life or birth partners. For all other exceptional circumstances please discuss this with the nurse in charge of the ward over the phone ahead of your visit.  

We do appreciate how hard this is to not see your loved ones in person but their safety has to be the priority.   

Anyone who wishes to communicate with their relative via an alternative method, such as mobile phone/face time/Skype is welcome to do so and 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 they don’t have their own device. We have ensured all our wards have iPads and other devices to help you keep in touch.

Other restrictions in place

  • Please come alone to outpatient appointments, antenatal appointments/scans or procedures unless you need assistance
  • Only birth partners are allowed to accompany women in labour and there is no visiting by anyone else.

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.

Thank you for helping to protect our patients and staff.

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.