From today, Monday 23 May, our hospitals are pleased to announce that we are returning to pre-pandemic visiting levels, as outlined here. The change is due to a continued reduction in Covid cases within our hospitals and the local communities.
It is no longer a mandatory requirement for all visitors to masks or wear face coverings.
We still ask visitors to respect the personal space of others when in clinical areas. We also ask that anyone feeling generally unwell does not come in so that we can continue to offer protection from the spread of any illness to our patients and staff.
“Fully relaxing our visiting restrictions is something we have been eagerly awaiting the right circumstances to be able to safely do,” says Jo Bennis. Chief Nurse. “It is something we have all struggled with since the beginning of the pandemic, as we fully appreciate the emotional strain it causes to be separated from loved ones during a hospital stay. We hope that reinstating visiting is a positive change welcomed by all”.