Oxford hospital visits now extended to weekends

The stricter measures were put in place to protect staff, patients and visitors. Credit: ITV News Meridian

Family and friends will now be able to visit patients at Oxford's hospitals at the weekend.

Visits were restricted to one person, per patient, for one hour, once a day during the week following the coronavirus crisis.

The stricter measures were put in place to protect staff, patients and visitors.

However the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says it will begin extending visits to Saturday and Sunday - starting from this weekend (18 July).

Horton General Hospital in Banbury Credit: ITV News Meridian

One hour slots will be booked in advance by staff on the ward, who will contact named next of kin to arrange the appointment. 

Some patients will have different arrangements, such as women in labour, child patients, patients at the end of their life, and patients with learning difficulties.

Visiting is still not allowed on wards where staff are treating patients with COVID-19.

We have been really pleased to welcome visitors back to our hospitals. It's been lovely to have their support for their loved ones while they're under our care, and it's a really important part of our patients' recovery.

Sam Foster, Chief Nursing Officer

The Trust consists of four hospitals:

  • Churchill Hospital

  • John Radcliffe Hospital

  • Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre

  • Horton General Hospital