Updated visiting arrangements

4 Nov 2021, 7 p.m.

New visiting arrangements have been introduced at the county’s hospitals, in light of rapidly rising rates of COVID infection across the country.

Open, general visiting to adult wards is suspended. However, visits can be pre-arranged with the wards in certain circumstances, for example on compassionate grounds.

Visiting may also be permitted in special circumstances and where patients would benefit from a carer being with them - for example for ongoing personal, physical, and emotional care and support. This might include patients with learning disabilities, dementia, or other vulnerabilities.

The Trusts ask all visitors, as well as patients attending appointments, to complete a lateral flow test prior to visiting to check their COVID negative status and provide proof of this when visiting the ward. When visiting the wards, people will be required to wear a hospital-supplied face mask and comply with social distancing and hand hygiene guidance as advised by our staff.

It is important that people of all ages still attend medical appointments and patients can be reassured that, due to careful infection prevention and control procedures, transmission rates in our hospitals remain low. Those attending appointments are encouraged to attend alone whenever possible, to reduce the number of people in hospital buildings.

All visitors are reminded:

  • Do not visit healthcare facilities if you have COVID symptoms
  • Please use a Lateral flow test to check that you are not COVID positive before visiting. Lateral Flow tests are available to order online from GOV.UK or can be collected from your local pharmacy or community. Find where to get rapid lateral flow tests with NHS.UK.
  • When visiting, please ensure you wear a hospital supplied face mask at all times
  • If you have a medical exemption for wearing a face covering, please consider whether your medical condition makes you more vulnerable to infection if visiting and use digital options where possible
  • Social distancing and handwashing remain very important everywhere – particularly in hospitals

Full visiting guidance is available on our visiting page

The updated arrangements will apply to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH), Cheltenham General Hospital (CGH) and seven community hospitals in the county:

  • Cirencester
  • The Dilke (Cinderford)
  • Lydney
  • North Cotswolds (Moreton-in-Marsh)
  • Stroud
  • Tewkesbury
  • The Vale (Dursley)

They are also applicable to the county’s mental health and learning disability inpatient units:

  • Wotton Lawn (Gloucester)
  • Charlton Lane (Cheltenham)
  • Berkeley House (Stroud)
  • Laurel House (Cheltenham)
  • Honeybourne (Cheltenham)

Special circumstances include:

  • Patients with dementia, delirium, or cognitive impairment that require support from an established carer in accordance with the principles of John’s campaign.
  • Patients with mental health needs who require support from an established carer.
  • Patients with autism or learning disabilities who require support from an established carer.

Maternity services

To allow us to maintain safe staffing levels across our maternity services, the Aveta Birth Centre at Cheltenham General has been temporarily closed. Information about the closure can be found here

Maternity changes can be found here