For Patients & Visitors

Changes to visitor guidance across Sherwood Forest Hospital sites

Sherwood Forest Hospitals has reviewed its visitor guidance to allow more friends and family members to visit loved ones across the trust’s King’s Mill, Newark and Mansfield Community Hospitals from Monday 25 April. ​

The new 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.

We have reintroduced the requirement to wear a mask across all areas of Sherwood Forest Hospitals with immediate effect from Tuesday 28 June 2022.

Since the decision to step-down mask-wearing within the Trust was made earlier in June, we have been reviewing COVID-19 transmission rates nationally, in the local community and within our hospitals to ensure we are prepared to act if cases began to rise.

The decision to reintroduce the requirement to wear a mask across our hospitals has been made following a national increase in cases, rising case rates in the local area and a growing number of patients being admitted to our hospitals with COVID-19.

Right now, we are managing a number of patient and staff outbreaks across the organisation in both clinical and non-clinical areas which is impacting on staffing.

Our Infection Prevention and Control team has been closely monitoring rising cases in the local community and within the trust.

The number of inpatients with COVID-19 has doubled in the past week and workforce loss has increased, which risks impacting our ability to deliver key services in some teams. A number of significant outbreaks (some of which are in non-clinical areas) are also being monitored.

In order to protect colleagues, patients and visitors, it has been agreed to reintroduce masks with immediate effect.

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