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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

General/visiting Information for Bristol and Weston

Outpatient hospital appointments (not including maternity)

Maternity services

The information on this page is correct as of 21 March 2022

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Please use the sections above to find out the latest information about visiting, outpatient appointments, maternity services, how to share your experiences of our services during COVID-19, and how share a message with your loved one in hospital. Below you can find the latest information on guidance on face masks and advice around lateral flow testing.

Visiting arrangements for adult inpatient wards (except for Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre [BHOC])

From Monday 21 March 2022:                                                                                      

  • Maximum of two visitors per patient at any one time for up to two hours a day between 11am and 7pm.
  • All visits must be arranged in advance. Contact the ward after 2pm to arrange a visit for the following day or a later date. You cannot visit unless you have contacted the ward in advance. You will be asked some questions to decide if a visit can go ahead. Find out more.

Visiting to Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre (BHOC) continues to be suspended. Find out more here.

Labour and birth at St Michael’s Hospital (Bristol) and Ashcombe Birth Centre (Weston):

From Monday 21 March 2022:

  • Two nominated non-symptomatic birthing partners who have tested negative for COVID-19 are allowed to be with you during labour and the birth on the midwife led unit and central delivery suite at St Michael’s Hospital and at Ashcombe Birth Centre at Weston General Hospital.
  • Your non-symptomatic birthing partners will need to undertake a lateral flow test which will be provided and administered on arrival. These tests require a swab from the nose and it takes 30 minutes to provide a result. If the lateral flow test result comes back negative, the birthing partners will be allowed to accompany you during labour and birth.
  • If you give birth on the midwife led unit or central delivery suite and you and your baby are able to go home within 2-3 hours after giving birth, one nominated birthing partner will be able to stay with you until you and your baby leave.
  • If your baby needs to be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), non-symptomatic parents can visit. Both parents can visit at the same time in each of our NICU areas (ICU rooms, the HDU and SCBU rooms).

If you have any questions or additional needs that need to be taken into account please speak to the Matron or your community midwife who will be happy to discuss this with you.

All other visitor guidance for maternity services and children's services remains unchanged at this time.

Image title for information below. Guidance on face masks at our healthcare services continues.

Everyone accessing or visiting our healthcare services must continue to wear a face mask and follow social distancing rules.

The national guidance for healthcare settings remains unchanged. This means anyone coming into one of our hospitals must continue to:

  • Clean your hands before entering and leaving the building and use the hand sanitiser outside each ward, department or area.
  • Wear a surgical face mask (unless exempt from doing so) which are available at all hospital entrances. Guidance around exemptions is available on the Government website. Please notify us on attendance if you are exempt from wearing a face mask. The Trust will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments, if appropriate.
  • Give others space. Continue to follow the maximum room and lift capacity advice.

These measures are important so that the most vulnerable people can continue to safely attend hospital, and to help protect our staff and patients by reducing the risk of infection.

Image title for information below. Advice around lateral flow testing before coming into hospital.

We strongly advise hospital visitors to all hospital sites, to carry out a lateral flow test before coming into the hospital. This is for the safety of patients, staff and visitors. Visitors can order lateral flow test kits from the COVID-19 website and then report the test result on the national COVID-19 website.

Pregnant women and their support people are advised to undertake lateral flow testing twice weekly during pregnancy and test within 24 hours before an appointment. Pregnant women and their support people are able to order tests online to self-administer at home and report your COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result on the main COVID-19 website.

Please do not attend if you have any COVID-19 symptoms/have tested positive or you've been advised to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.