Ward-specific visiting restrictions: latest

21 Feb 2022, 7:12 p.m.

Members of the public are being asked not to visit relatives and friends on particular wards at Cheltenham General Hospital and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital to help control cases of COVID-19 and contagious winter illnesses such as Norovirus.

In addition to current limits on visiting, these ward-specific restrictions are designed to limit the number of people moving in and out of affected areas, a measure which helps to protect vulnerable patients.

Last updated 7 March 2022:

At Cheltenham General Hospital, no wards are currently closed to visiting although some individual bays may be - if this is the case, you will be advised of this.

At Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, the following wards are closed to visiting:

  • Gallery Ward 1
  • Frailty Assessment (FAS)
  • Ward 6A
  • Ward 8B
  • Ward 9B
    • In addition, there is no visiting on wards that are regarded as COVID-cohort wards, sometimes known as ‘Red wards’, at GRH:
      Ward 8A; AMU4; Ward 4B

We hope that families, carers and friends will understand why we are asking them not to visit for this short period, but we hope to be in a position to re-introduce visiting on these wards in a matter of days. Exceptions can be made for relatives hoping to visit on compassionate grounds or to offer support for people with certain conditions (see the visiting section of our website for details). These visitors are being asked to speak to a member of ward staff when arranging their visiting time.

While we understand the importance of visiting friends or relatives who are in hospital, it is essential that people do not visit if they are or have recently been unwell, as this potentially impacts vulnerable patients who are less able to fight these infections. As detailed on the visiting section of our website, people should not visit if:

  • They are showing any symptoms of COVID-19; if they do have symptoms, they will be asked to leave, self-isolate and organise a test
  • They have been in close contact with Coronavirus in the last 10 days
  • They have returned from travel outside the UK in the last 10 days
  • Anyone who cannot wear a surgical face mask cannot visit unless this has first been discussed and agreed with the Infection Prevention and Control Team (the Nurse in charge must have this discussion first prior to arrangement of a visit)

By following these guidelines, the public can help us to stop the spread of these infections, protect vulnerable patients and support NHS services.

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