Visiting patients - updated 3 May 2022
We have now reintroduced visiting on wards across our hospitals.
Arrangements for visiting are as follows:
- Visiting is only possible during set times from 2 - 4 pm and 6 - 8 pm daily.
- Each patient is allowed 2 visitors per visit.
- Visitors must not have any symptoms of Covid-19 when visiting.
- Visitors must wear a surgical face mask on the ward / clinical area - this will be provided by the ward.
- All visitors must always wear a face covering, including when entering and moving through the hospital, unless medically exempt, for which evidence should be provided.
- Visitors will no longer need to provide evidence of a negative lateral flow test.
- Visiting wards that are caring for Covid-19 positive patients will not be allowed, unless in exceptional circumstances and in agreement with the Matron.
- We will continue to support visiting for our vulnerable patients and their carers outside of these hours.
- Please do not arrive unannounced. We will not be able to admit visitors to the wards without a pre-booked visiting appointment.
- Visiting to closed wards is only allowed in exceptional circumstances and in agreement with Matron.
Occasionally we may need to close certain wards to visiting in order to further control the spread of infection and to keep our patients safe. Where this may happen, we will try and give as much notice as possible to patients and visitors.
All pregnant people can be accompanied by one supportive adult (usually their nominated birth partner) for all scheduled and unscheduled hospital maternity scans and appointments/attendances. This includes early pregnancy scans within GATU, for the duration of their stay on delivery suite and for up to 12hours (8am-8pm) on the antenatal and postnatal wards.
Supportive adults must not have symptoms of covid-19 and must wear a surgical face mask whilst in the hospital. Please see the Leeds E-Midwife Facebook page for more details.
Leeds Children's Hospital
Patients at Leeds Children’s Hospital may have two named carers to visit at any time but only one resident with them overnight.
Other ways of staying in touch
We will continue to make available the services and equipment that allow patients to keep in contact with their families virtually and over the telephone.
Letters to Loved Ones - more than 4,000 letters have been printed and hand-delivered to inpatients staying in our hospitals. Find out how you can send a letter to your loved one.
Belongings to Loved Ones is a great way to get personal possessions to your relatives or friends who may be inpatients but can't be visited. It's as simple as dropping off a bag of belongings with one of our volunteers, who will then deliver to your loved one. Find out more on the Belongings to Loved Ones webpage.
Talking to Loved Ones allows you to speak to an inpatient via a communications app on an iPod on one of our wards. Speak to the Sister or Charge Nurse on the ward to arrange a chat, and find out more on the Patient Experience web pages.