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Sheffield Teaching Hospitals now allow visiting for 2 hours a day from 14 June


One visitor per patient will be allowed to visit their loved one for 2 hours a day at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

After carefully considering a number of factors including the decline of community COVID-19 cases, Sheffield Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has decided to ease visiting restrictions to enable limited visiting in its hospitals.

One named visitor per patient will be permitted to visit for 2 hours each day. This may be split into 2 one hour slots. The person visiting must remain the same person for the duration of the patient’s hospital stay where possible. If you feel you have exceptional circumstances which would require a change in visitor, please speak to the nurse in charge.

This will enable social distancing and infection risks to be kept to a minimum.

If there are exceptional circumstances such as a person being at end of life, then the ward staff will of course discuss the appropriate alternative arrangements for visiting.

Maternity visiting arrangements are that a partner or nominated support person can visit the antenatal and postnatal wards for 2 hours per day. They will be provided with PPE to wear and will need to follow social distancing rules. Unfortunately children under the age of 12 are not allowed to visit.

For safety reasons visiting will not be allowed on COVID-19 wards or wards where patients are having planned surgery. This is because we need to keep the potential exposure to COVID-19 as low as possible to prevent spread of the virus or indeed take it onto wards which would then prevent patients from having their operation. Patients will be informed if the ward they are on allows visiting.

Anyone visiting the hospitals will be asked to follow the rules below to ensure their own safety and that of patients and staff:

• Do not visit if you have any symptoms or COVID-19 or indeed are unwell at all.

• You must wear a mask at all times when you are in the hospital.

• You must wash your hands upon entry and exit from the hospital.

• Please do not move around different areas of the hospital or ward unless absolutely necessary

• Children under 12 years of age are not permitted to visit

Professor Chris Morley, Chief Nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We understand how challenging it has been for friends and family not to see their loved ones over recent months and so we are pleased that current circumstances mean we can partially ease the restrictions and allow one visitor to visit for an hour each day. We have always had arrangements in place for exceptional circumstances and these will continue. We do need to stress that COVID-19 has not gone away and is still in our hospitals and the community so ensuring visitors stick to the rules is essential. We are simply asking people to wear an appropriate face covering, wash their hands regularly and please do not attend, under any circumstances if you have diarrhoea and vomiting or any symptoms of COVID 19 (a high temperature, a new continuous cough and/or a change to your sense of smell or taste).

All current visiting restrictions, as well as contact details, can be viewed on the Trust’s website visiting page and for maternity visiting please check Maternity and Fertility services (sheffieldhospitalscoronavirus.co.uk)

All visitors to have a negative COVID-19 lateral flow test before visiting our hospitals please

To help us keep the risk of COVID-19 as low as possible we are asking everyone who is coming in to our hospitals to take a COVID-19 lateral flow test before arriving. This includes all patients and visitors. Our staff already undertake testing twice weekly.

Although we won’t be requesting proof of lateral flow results, we are asking people to do this to help us to limit transmission of COVID-19 and as an extra precaution before entering our hospitals.

COVID-19 lateral flow tests provide results within 30 minutes and can be done easily by yourself, with instructions on how to do this provided with each test.

To find out where you can get lateral flow tests free of charge, please click here.

If you think you need help conducing your lateral flow test you can also book an appointment at the Institute of Sport, where staff will be able to guide you. Please click here for more information.

 

 

 

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