In order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 (commonly known as coronavirus), Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has taken the hard decision to introduce visiting restrictions at all of our hospitals. The sole reason for this is the safety of our patients, our staff and the wider community.
From 0900 on Wednesday 18 March 2020, visiting patients in our inpatient wards or escorting them in outpatient departments will not be permitted unless exceptional circumstances apply. This will be solely at the discretion of the nurse in charge of the relevant ward and permission must be sought before arrival on site. Contact information for all wards can be found on our website: www.hampshirehospitals.nhs.uk/our-services/az-departments-and-specialties.
These restrictions have been put in place to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and visitors. We know that not being able to visit your loved ones when they are unwell is difficult and we are doing everything we can to allow as much access as is safe. Please consider alternative ways of staying in contact with your loved ones while they are in hospital, such as telephone calls. If you wish to visit a patient in receipt of palliative/end of life care you may continue to visit, but are still urged to contact the ward before you travel.
Some services are now having to be reduced. If your appointments, procedure or surgery is affected, you will be informed in advance. If you are not contacted your appointment, procedure or surgery will go ahead as planned.
- We strongly recommend that children under 16 should not visit in any circumstances
- In our birthing centre/maternity units, visiting is restricted to birthing partners only
- In paediatrics, visiting is restricted to parents/legal guardian only
- Only one visitor/escort per patient is permitted in our emergency department or ambulatory care units at any time
- On all wards no more than one visitor per patient is allowed at any time – this includes all outpatient departments
Given the risk of spreading infection and the danger to your own health as well as those around you – in line with national guidelines – please give seriously consider if it is safe for you to visit one of our sites in any circumstances.