Attending our hospitals

If you come to the hospital, we ask that you follow these safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may also be asked to take some extra precautions by our staff.

Do not attend if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19

The only exceptions are if you:

  • have told a member of our hospital staff that you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, and they have advised you to come into hospital
  • need emergency or urgent care
  • are in labour.

Do not arrive too early

Aim to arrive at the department no earlier than 10 minutes before your appointment time. This is to reduce the number of people in our waiting rooms.

Wear a mask where required

Red sign shown in parts of the hospital where mask wearing is required.

The requirement for patients, visitors and staff to wear a mask in all areas of our hospitals ended on 27 June 2022. This follows a change in national guidance, and widespread vaccine take-up and immunity.

Face masks are now only required in designated areas, and these areas will be clearly marked with signage, pictured here:

We continue to ask patients to wear a mask if:

  • you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19
  • our teams judge that, due to your condition, you are at higher risk from COVID-19. For example, if you are severely immunosuppressed.

Visitors should continue to wear a face mask:

  • when visiting wards that treat patients who are at higher risk from COVID-19. For example, haematology and transplant wards
  • if you yourself are at higher risk from COVID-19. For example, if you have a condition that affects your immune system
  • when asked to by hospital staff, who will explain the reason for the request.

Some patients, visitors and staff may choose to wear masks at all times, and we fully support those whose personal preference is to do so.

Clean your hands regularly

We encourage all patients and visitors to wash their hands before and after visiting. Hand-washing stations and sanitisers are available throughout the hospital.