From tomorrow (17 March) the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the city’s five adult hospitals, is temporarily changing visiting arrangements to help protect patients, staff and visitors from Coronavirus.
People who don't require assistance are being asked to come on their own to outpatient appointments.
Professor Chris Morley, Chief Nurse, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said:
We know that it’s important for our patients to see family and friends but we are asking to please consider if your visit is essential to help prevent the spread of infection and if you do visit please choose two people to visit who will be the same on each occasion and no one else. This way we can keep visiting open but reduce the number of different people coming into our wards and departments. The times of visiting are staying the same at 8am-8pm but we will keep this under review given the fast evolving situation nationally. We will be helping any visitors who wish to communicate with their relative via an alternative method, mobile phone/face time to do so where possible.
The new rules for inpatient visiting and outpatients apply to the Northern General Hospital, Hallamshire Hospital, Weston Park Hospital, Jessop Wing and Charles Clifford Dental Hospital as well as community health clinics run by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.
No visitors who have flu like symptoms or colds are allowed to visit• If it is essential that you visit please ensure a maximum of 2 identified visitors. The same two people who have been notified to the ward must be the only visitors each time there is a visit unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Vulnerable people must not be one of the two identified visitors – this would be any person who is immuno compromised.
All visitors MUST wash their hands on entry and exiting the unit.
Patients who are attending outpatient appointments to consider attending by themselves unless they need someone to assist them