Please note that we are doing everything that we can to protect patients, staff and the community against Coronavirus.
People infected with COVID-19 can have very mild or no respiratory symptoms (asymptomatic) and can transmit the virus to others without being aware of it.
In line with recent recommendations from the World Health Organisation, we are introducing new measures at Sherwood Forest Hospitals.
From June 2020 you will need to wear a face-covering when you come to hospital as a visitor or outpatient.
We are currently operating a compassionate visiting policy across all three of our hospital sites.
NHS England and Improvement have lifted the national visiting restrictions in place as a result of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. However, people who are unwell in hospital are vulnerable and at higher risk from COVID-19 than people who are well. Therefore, visits still need to be managed carefully and we are operating a compassionate visiting policy.
This will mean that from 3 August one designated person is allowed to visit a patient for one hour a day for the duration of their stay. This needs to be the same person throughout to minimise any risks to our patients and staff.
Wards will have staggered visiting times and these will be communicated to our patients and their visitors when they are admitted. We are also asking people not to come to the hospital before your allotted visiting time, as this is causing problems with regards to too many visitors being in the hospitals at any one time. We are staggering visits to keep everyone safe, please respect this and only arrive at your visiting time, thank you.
This approach to visiting ensures:
- The risk of infection is minimised
- A compassionate approach is taken to each person’s circumstances
- The safety of patients, their visitors, and our staff.
Some areas of the hospital will still need to remain restricted to keep patients as safe as possible.
What do I need to do if I am visiting?
It is very important for the health and wellbeing of your loved one that you do not visit if you have been feeling unwell in any way. There is a checklist below to help you be sure about this. If you answer yes to any of the following, please do not visit the hospital.
Symptom checklist before visiting a hospital:
- Are you feeling unwell?
- Do you have a new/continuous cough?
- Have you had any sickness or diarrhoea within the last 48 hours?
- Have you noticed a change in your temperature?
- Have you noticed a change to your normal sense of taste or smell?
- Are you self-isolating because you have been in contact with anyone suspected as having, or has tested positive for Coronavirus, in the past 14 days?
In addition, you may be asked a series of questions by our ward staff – this is normal in the current situation and is intended to try and make sure that everyone stays safe.
For all visits it is essential that you:
- Wear a face covering whilst inside the hospital.
- Wash your hands on arrival at the hospital or use the hand sanitiser provided.
- Wash your hands again on arrival at the ward or department or use the hand sanitiser provided.
- Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitiser during the time you are in the department, especially if you touch anything or anyone.
- Maintain the recommended social distance wherever possible even if the person has previously been in your household or social bubble.
- If you cough or sneeze, make sure you follow good hygiene practice; cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or a disposable tissue and then dispose of the tissue.
- Wash your hands.
- Wash your hands as you leave the ward or department, as you leave the hospital and when you arrive home.
Visiting our maternity department
If you have an appointment at our maternity department, please see our FAQs for maternity here.
Visiting the Emergency Department, EAU
If you visit our Emergency Department, Ambulatory Care Emergency Care Unit or Assessment Unit, please come alone unless you meet one of the below criteria:
- You need assistance with either mobility, hearing or sight, have learning disabilities or have mental health needs.
- One parent/carer may accompany children (under the age of 16).
Visiting Diagnostics and Outpatients
If you come in for an Outpatients appointment or diagnostic, to support us to maintain social distancing and the safety of our patients and staff please come alone unless it is essential that you have someone with you or have an accompanying carer.
We may also ask that relatives or carers wait outside the clinic/department.
Visiting Paediatrics, Ward 25 and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Only the parents or guardians of the patient will be allowed onto these wards. No other visitors will be allowed at this time.
Frequently asked questions
What if my relative wants to hug or touch me?
One of the hardest aspects of the COVID-19 situation is the need for social distancing. Unfortunately, when someone comes into hospital you will need to maintain social distancing wherever possible even if the person has previously been in your household or part of your social bubble. This is because the risks of infection change and become much higher once someone comes into the hospital environment.
What if my relative wants to walk around with me or go to the hospital cafe?
At the current time we would ask that you do not move around different areas of the hospital or try to visit other people in the hospital.
What if I don’t feel able to visit my relative?
Feeling anxious or nervous about coming into a hospital is a normal response to recent events. Speak to the care team if you are worried and they will be able to advise you.