Visiting update

From 1 January 2022, we have taken the difficult decision to suspend adult in-patient visiting in order to help protect our vulnerable patients. Please visit here for more information. 

Patient appointments

As we continue to see a rise in our urgent care admissions, a surge in admissions of Covid positive patients, and workforce shortages created by Covid isolation, some appointments for planned care may need to be delayed.

We will continue to prioritise urgent and emergency care and cancer treatments and we will do everything we can to avoid delaying care. If we need to take the difficult decision to delay appointments, we will contact affected patients directly to let them know. 

If you do not hear from us, please attend as requested in your appointment letter.


Update on SFH visiting policy - changes from Monday 17 May

Posted Monday, May 17, 2021 9:32 AM

As restrictions ease, the Trust has revisited our visiting policy for inpatients, and from Monday 17 May, we will be introducing a policy which will allow each inpatient one designated visitor to visit for one hour per day. This will be managed by individual wards, you will need to check visiting times with the ward that your friend or relative is staying on.

End of life care, patients who required a carer and patients with significant needs
We will continue with open visiting for patients who are end of life, require a carer or have significant needs such as mental health needs and dementia.

Birthing partners and pregnancy
Birthing partners will still be permitted to attend throughout pregnancy, birth and postnatal care.

Children under 18
For children under 18, one parent will be able to have open visiting.

Visiting our Emergency Department and Outpatient appointments
For patients visiting outpatients and ED, the advice remains to come to hospital alone, unless you are pregnant, under 18 or require a carer or additional support due to reduced capacity.

These restrictions remain in place in order to help keep everyone safe, thank you for your support.