Visiting someone in hospital

Visiting suspended – effective from 26 March

In line with the new social distancing measures announced by the Government on 23 March 2020, the Trust has taken the decision to suspend visiting on all wards at all three hospital sites (and this includes our A&E departments and Urgent Treatment Centre) and Wakefield Intermediate Care Unit. This is in order to protect everyone, as much as we can, from the spread of coronavirus.

We appreciate this will be difficult and potentially upsetting for people wanting to visit their loved ones in hospital at what is a very difficult time for everyone, but we hope that people understand the reasons why we have felt it necessary to put these measures in place.

We also understand there will be some exceptional circumstances, and in these situations one visitor will be allowed at the discretion of the ward manager.

Exceptions will be made for those patients who require support as follows:

  • Parents for patients under 18 years old
  • Carers for patients requiring assistance
  • Relatives collecting a patient being discharged
  • Immediate family/partners of those at end of life
  • Birthing partners

Please remember to follow the expert national guidance on social distancing and self-isolation and stay at home wherever possible, to help limit the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), protect the most vulnerable people in our communities and our NHS.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this challenging time.

 

Visitors charter

You can see a copy of our visitors charter here and it is also available on all wards. It sets out guidelines that both staff and visitors need to adhere to, such as the number of visitors per bed and the steps to take to help infection control.

Visitors' charter

Visitor Information Board

Each ward now has a Visitor's Information board designed to include useful information for visitors. The displays include details of the ward, information about the discharge process, information for carers and support for our patients. Alongside this information we also highlight some improvements the Trust has masde and a monthly overview of the ward's performance in relation to quality and safety of care.

Visitor Information boards