Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we have to had review visiting arrangements for patients at our specialist unit to ensure we continue to look after them in the safest possible way and protect our staff.
We recognise that these adjustments are difficult news for friends and family at what is already an exceptionally challenging time, but our priority must remain protecting our vulnerable patients and our staff who are vital to ensuring our service continues throughout the pandemic.
Visiting is between 2.30 and 5.30pm daily and each patient can receive 2 visitors per day including up to 1 child, who is welcome to stay for the duration of visiting hours. If you plan to visit, please make other relatives and friends aware to avoid anyone being turned away.
All visitors must test negative for COVID-19 before visiting their loved one on the ward. We would encourage that visitor testing takes place at home prior to their visit. Please ask if you require additional free test kits. For those that are unable to test at home, we are carrying out rapid testing on site between 2 and 3pm daily. Please note it will take 30 minutes for you to receive your test result, and you will be asked wait outside the building/in your car. After receiving your result, you will be shown onto the unit if it is negative.
While in the building, please adhere to all the safety guidelines in place.
- Maintaining a 2-metre distance from others where possible
- Wearing a surgical mask (provided by St Luke’s)
- In some instances, you may be asked to wear additional personal protective equipment (PPE)
Additional visiting will be considered when a patient is in the final hours of his or her life (our nurses/doctors will suggest this when the time is right).
Thank you for adhering to this guidance to protect our patients and the vital service we provide for them.