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NHS visitor guidance for families and carers

NHS England have recently updated their guidance for visitors. Overall, visiting is suspended with immediate effect and until further notice.

The only exceptional circumstances, where one visitor who is an immediate family member
or carer will be permitted to visit, are listed below:

  • The patient you wish to visit is receiving end-of-life care.
  • You are the birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour.
  • You are a parent or appropriate adult visiting your child.
  • You are supporting someone with a mental health issue such as dementia, a
    learning disability or autism, where not being present would cause the patient to be
    distressed.

Please contact the ward or department in advance to discuss appropriate
arrangements.

Please find other ways of keeping in touch with your loved ones in hospital, like phone and
video calls.

Everyone should follow the expert national guidance on social distancing and self-isolation,
staying at home wherever possible, to help limit the spread of coronavirus, protect the most
vulnerable people in our communities and our NHS.