COVID-19: Changes to Visitors Policy
Visiting guidelines for Whittington Hospital's Adult Inpatient Wards
Following a period of restricting visitors to our wards due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed our visiting policy and we are pleased to be able to re-introduce adult inpatient visiting by booked appointment only. Please call the ward that you wish to visit to book a time and day in advance. Please see the 'Exceptions to these guidelines' FAQ below.
Visiting is for one hour to allow all patients to receive a visit where possible and we ask that only one nominated family member visits unless otherwise agreed with the nurse in charge.
Please do not visit if you have been self-isolating before your visit or have tested positive for COVID-19
We understand how difficult it is to be unable to see and speak to loved ones whilst they are in hospital. Whilst we cannot return to our usual visiting guidelines, we hope that this will offer some comfort to both our patients and loved ones.
- There are also hand-sanitising points around the hospital please feel free to use them
- We have one-way systems in place in certain areas, our floor signage will guide you when you arrive
- Please follow social distancing guidelines and stay 2 metres apart from others
- Our lifts have restrictions on the number of people allowed in at any one time, these are signposted net to the lift car
- Please do not enter a lift which has the maximum number of people in it. If you can use the stairs, please do
- If your loved one is receiving end of life care you may wish to hold their hand and remove your glove.
- Advice will be given so that you can make a decision knowing all the risks and how to do this as safely as possible.
- Please follow all instructions given by our staff carefully, they will guide you to remove and dispose of all the PPE appropriately
- Ensure that you wash your hands for at last 20 seconds on leaving the hospital
- Paediatrics wards
- NICU/SCBU (Paediatrics)
- End of Life
- Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
- Emergency Department
If your loved one is on one of these wards please call them directly to check their visiting policy.
You may still phone your friends or relatives on their personal mobile phone (these are permitted in our hospital and we encourage patients to have their own phone with them).
Please read our Covid-19 Maternity FAQs to get the latest advice on visitors, birth partners and any other restrictions or guidance we have in place at this time.
Children and Young People Inpatient Wards
Where admissions are less than 7 days, we will continue to permit one parent or carer per family to be resident with their child. Where the admission is longer than 7 days we can allow one parent or carer (per family) at any one time. In addition, a named second parent or carer is able swap out every 7 days.