Visiting restrictions at two acute hospitals

1 Nov 2021, 4:31 p.m.

We are re-imposing visiting restrictions for adult wards at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals.

Information:

Please see our visiting page for details, including special circumstances and dos and don'ts

From Tuesday 2 November, due to rising cases of COVID-19 in the community and an increased number of inpatients with COVID-19, we are re-imposing visiting restrictions for adult wards at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals.

This means that one person from family, friends, or other supporters can only visit patients for 2 hours each day between 11am and 8pm, having arranged a time with the ward to ensure there are only 2 visitors per bay at a time. This excludes maternity and children's visiting, for which previous arrangements still stand

Visiting in special circumstances, including critically unwell patients and those who require additional support, may be accommodated following discussion with the lead nurse on each ward.

Craig Bradley, Associate Chief Nurse and Director of Infection Prevention & Control said:

"We know that visiting is an important part of recovery and will monitor and review cases carefully with the aim of lifting these restrictions as soon as possible.

"In the meantime, we ask all visitors to follow our guidelines, including wearing a surgical face mask when visiting, keeping 2 metres away from other people, washing their hands before entering and leaving the building and using the hand sanitiser outside each ward and department. We also ask you to only visit if you are fully vaccinated and take a lateral flow test before visiting.

"Thank you for your patience and for helping us to protect our patients, our staff and other visitors."


Our visiting page includes visiting 'dos and don'ts' and details about accompanying patients to our Emergency Departments and other appointments.

Information:

If you are visiting an inpatient, we ask you to order and complete a rapid swab (lateral flow) test before coming to our hospitals

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