Visiting Policy: Update

In light of the current restrictions, we have revised our visitor guidance

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Updated: 14 July 2021

We are currently very busy and our priority is to protect all patients and visitors from COVID-19.

As such, we have revised our visitor guidance to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and visitors.

We will allow visiting in both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 areas in the following circumstances:

  • Adult inpatients may have more than one visitor per day. These visits must be staggered throughout the day and each patient will be allowed a maximum of one visitor per visit. The exception to this is for end-of-life patients (please see below).
  • Birthing people are encouraged to have one birthing partner when they are in labour.
  • Maternity services are advising all pregnant people and their support person to undertake lateral flow testing twice weekly during the pregnancy, and within 24 hours prior to all planned appointments and attendances. See our maternity services during coronavirus section for more information.
  • One support person is welcome to visit a birthing person on the postnatal ward 24 hours a day. The visitor should wear a face mask and comply with social distancing rules. There will be no ability to swap this person and visitors should endeavour to remain at bedsides as much as possible.
  • All women and birthing people will be able to attend hospital-based antenatal clinics (Windsor Walk, Community Midwives Centre, Midwives House, Orpington Hospital, Beckenham Beacon and Queen Mary’s – Sidcup) with one other person.
  • Patients on paediatric wards can now receive visits according to the relevant ward guidelines.
  • In the Neonatal Unit, the birthing person and baby are treated as one, which means the other parent of the baby can visit.
  • End-of-life patients are encouraged to have up to four visitors where this can happen safely. This might mean visiting in a single side room or wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Patients with specific care needs, including dementia, learning disabilities or mental health needs, where agreed by the relevant Ward Leader, Matron or Head of Nursing for the area.
  • Patients in distress or who are deteriorating due to isolation from visitors, as agreed by the Head of Nursing or designated deputy.
  • Breastfeeding mothers in non-maternity wards will be supported to have their baby with them where appropriate and to have a visiting partner.

Visiting times

You will be able to visit between 2pm and 8pm, unless there are different local agreements in place.

Everyone entering our hospitals must wear a face covering or mask.

This policy will be kept under regular review and updated accordingly. These measures will remain in place after step 4 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown coming into place on Monday 19 July 2021.

For all the latest information about our services during the pandemic please visit our coronavirus web section.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.