Visiting Policy: Update

In light of the Government’s changes to social distancing, we have reintroduced some visiting at our hospitals

King's arch infront of Golden Jubilee Wing

Updated: 19 October 2020

We recently made changes to our Visiting Policy to reflect the Government’s changes to social distancing.

We have re-introduced some visiting opportunities at all our hospitals, however some visiting restrictions remain in place. This policy remains the same now London has entered tier 2 of the Government’s COVID-19 alert levels.

Get a visitor passport

All visitors need to be issued with a visitor passport before coming to the hospital. Check the policy below and, if you are able to visit, contact the ward at King's College Hospital or at Princess Royal University or Orpington Hospitals. The ward staff will arrange a visitor passport for you.

Visiting a patient on a ward where patients do not have the COVID-19 virus

Only one visitor per patient per day for one hour unless any of the exceptions below are met.

Visiting a patient on a ward where patients have the COVID-19 virus

No visiting is permitted unless any of the exceptions below are met.

Exceptions

Visiting a patient who is COVID-19 positive is permitted, or the length of visiting may be extended to over an hour, for:

  • Birthing mothers, who will be allowed one birthing partner throughout their labour, once they are in active labour. After the birth, the same person can visit on the Maternity ward, from 10am to 8pm. Pregnant women who come in to have their labour induced can also have the same person with them during their induction, between the hours of 10am to 8pm.
  • Paediatric patients who will be allowed one parent or carer.
  • End-of-life patients who will be allowed one visitor.
  • Patients with specific care needs (i.e. dementia or other disabilities) where agreed by the relevant Matron/Head of Nursing for the ward.

This policy, which replaces the previous restrictions, will be kept under regular review and updated accordingly.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.