If your child has been invited for a face-to-face appointment or procedure, it’s important you come unless you hear otherwise. See all our information about COVID-19, including our most current visiting information.

Visitor policy

We have regularly reviewed our visiting policy during the COVID-19 pandemic to carefully balance keeping people safe and enabling families to be together. This page has our most recent visiting information and may be more up-to-date than any letters you have received.

Safety measures for healthcare settings have remained in place throughout the pandemic to help us to protect vulnerable people from the spread of infection and maintain safe services. Please read this information carefully.

We expect all visitors to our sites (including community) to:

  • Wear a mask while inside the hospital. There are no exemptions to mask wearing on hospital premises.
  • Regularly wash your hands and gel. The nurses in the ward and departments will guide you with this.

Please do not attend any of our sites as a visitor if you are unwell.

You may be asked to take a rapid test for COVID-19 (lateral flow). If positive, you will not be allowed to visit. 

Community visiting policy

  • Two parents or carers may attend appointments with a child.
  • We respectfully ask that siblings do not attend.
  • If you or your child have confirmed COVID-19 or have been asked to self-isolate, do not attend and please inform us if you are unable to attend.
  • Anyone visiting a community site that appears unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) will be asked to show a negative PCR test result before being allowed to enter the building. A rapid test (lateral flow test) will not be accepted as this is designed to be used for those without symptoms. PCR tests can be booked locally via the NHS or government websites. 

Hospital visiting policy

  • For children that need to stay the night, two parents or carers may visit at the same time. We welcome other adult visitors and siblings between 12 noon and 7pm.
  • For children staying overnight, only two visitors can be at the bedside at any one time. We ask that visitors swap outside the hospital.
  • The team caring for your child will discuss expectations for you to have a COVID-19 test.

Paediatric Intensive Care Unit

There are specialist visiting policies where children are receiving intensive care, which will be explained by the team caring for your child. We ask for your understanding that there will be very few exceptions to the policy. When your child is stable, our team will discuss visiting arrangements with you.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

In our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, two named parents or carers are able to be with their baby at any time. On admission, our staff will discuss the need for COVID-19 testing with you. Siblings and other family members may visit at allocated times, please discuss this with the nurse caring for your baby.

Reviewing our policy

Our clinical experts regularly review our visiting policy to make sure we are doing our best to help children and their families to stay safe and to keep as many of our staff as possible well and at work looking after children who need us. Although this means making some difficult decisions, it has worked well and helped to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

See all our latest information about COVID-19.

There have also been some changes to our entrance

More information about visiting at this time