25 March 2020

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals stop all hospital visiting from today (25 March)


In light of new national guidance regarding social distancing and people needing to stay at home, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the City’s five adult hospitals and all adult community services, are stopping visiting from today.


The Trust is also asking people to come on their own to outpatient appointments if they don’t need someone to accompany them.


Professor Chris Morley, Chief Nurse, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust explained:


“We know that it’s important for our patients to see family and friends but we all need to play our part in limiting the spread of this virus. We have not taken the decision to stop visiting lightly but the safety of patients, staff and the public has to come first in these unprecedented times. We are making exceptions for patients who are at the end of their life and women in labour who need a birth partner but all other visiting will cease from today unless there are real exceptional circumstances. In these exceptional circumstances visitors should discuss this with the nurse in charge of the ward over the phone ahead of the visit. Anyone who wishes to communicate with their relative via an alternative method, such as mobile phone / face time / Skype can do so where possible and we also have free internet access across the Trust for patients to use. We are also asking patients who are attending outpatient appointments to come by themselves unless they need someone with them.”


The new rules for inpatient visiting and outpatients apply to the Northern General Hospital, Hallamshire Hospital, Weston Park Hospital, Jessop Wing and Charles Clifford Dental Hospital as well as community health buildings, including the Stroke Pathway Assessment and Rehabilitation Centre (SPARC), run by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.


The Jessop wing will allow a birth partner for women in labour and parents to attend the Neonatal Unit.

 



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