For Patients & Visitors

Hospitals are still looking after vulnerable patients and Covid positive patients. With the virus still circulating in our community and in our hospitals, we need to limit footfall in order to keep everyone safe and reduce the risk of infection.


Each inpatient is able to have one designated visitor to visit 1pm-5pm each day, unless they are Covid positive. We continue to have visiting for patients who are end of life, under 18, require a designated carer, or have significant needs such as mental health and dementia. Covid positive patients are supported to have virtual visiting unless they are end-of-life, where we support safe, limited visiting.

Designated visiting will be managed by individual wards. You can check visiting times with the ward that your friend or relative is staying on HERE.

Visiting the Emergency Department, EAU and SDEC will not change. We are still be asking people to attend alone unless they are under the age of 18 or require a carer.

We are keeping this under review and update you once our position on visiting changes.

More information can be found here

Masks, Covid testing and appointments
Across Nottinghamshire, including at Sherwood Forest, hospitals and healthcare settings require you to wear a mask, to wash your hands regularly and to practice social distancing. If you can, please also self-test before coming to our hospital.
We also ask you to come unaccompanied to appointments unless you need a career, are under 18 or are pregnant with a named birthing partner. In these cases, patients can bring one person with them to hospital.

People visiting our hospitals will be supplied with a surgical face mask on entry.
These surgical face masks are designed to be worn in medical settings to limit the spread of infection. Unlike cloth face coverings, they are manufactured to a recognised standard and offer enhanced protection. This decision has therefore been made in the interests of patient, visitor and staff safety.
If you are deaf or hearing impaired, our staff have a range of communication options to ensure that they can communicate effectively with you.

All visitors will be expected to comply with existing social distancing and hand hygiene measures in addition to wearing face masks while in the hospital setting. Please see more about this here.

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 the latest Coronavirus advice and information, please see 'Latest News' on the homepage.  Information on handwashing is available in easy read, large print, audio and British Sign Language

For our up to date visiting policies click here

For the latest Coronavirus advice and information, please see 'Latest News' on the homepage.  Information on handwashing is available in easy read, large print, audio and British Sign Language.

For Patients & Visitors