For Patients & Visitors

Our current facemask policy for patients and visitors
We are continuing to ask patients, staff and visitors to wear facemasks in some areas of our hospitals to protect themselves and others from COVID.

Areas where you need to wear a facemask are clearly signposted with red ‘you are in a high-risk area’ posters. Please also wear a facemask whenever you are asked to do so by a member of our hardworking team.

Facemasks continue to be made available in all areas of our hospitals for those who feel more comfortable wearing them. Please continue to treat everyone who chooses to wear a facemask with respect – whatever their reasons for doing so may be.

Visitor guidance across Sherwood Forest Hospital sites
As of Monday 25 April 2022, the rules allow the following across all three sites:

  • Two visitors can visit each patient between 11.30am and 7.30pm each day
  • ‘Open visiting’ for patients who are on end-of-life care, require a carer or have additional needs (such as a mental health condition or dementia)
  • Birthing partners are permitted to attend through pregnancy, birth and postnatal care
  • Parents are permitted to accompany children under the age of 18

Patients and visitors are asked not to attend if they have symptoms of COVID.
Patients attending the Trust’s Emergency Department, Same Day Emergency Care and Emergency Assessment Unit (EAU) units are asked to attend alone to reduce overcrowding unless they are under 18 or require a carer.

The relaxation of guidance for visitors will be reviewed if Covid cases increase within either the trust’s sites or the local community.

The Trust’s staff appreciate the continued support and understanding of staff, patients and visitors as they continue to work hard throughout the pandemic.

Respect for people during your visit

We are an inclusive employer and we are proud of our highly skilled colleagues, who have a range of diverse backgrounds. We also care for a diverse group of patients. We do not tolerate physical or verbal abuse or any form of discrimination towards our staff or patients. This includes, but is not limited to, racism, homophobia, anti-religion and sexism. We will robustly manage any such incidents and, where appropriate, will involve the police.

For Patients & Visitors