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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated 13 August 2020

Maternity services update

There has been an update to the visiting guidance for our maternity services at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol and the Ashcombe Birth Centre in Weston. Please visit the maternity service page for more information.

Weston General Hospital is now fully open to new patients

The continued actions taken by Weston General Hospital mean that the hospital is now in a position to safely accept patients into its A&E department from Thursday 18 June 2020. This is the final step to re-open the hospital to new patients.

The A&E department is open between the usual hours of 8am-10pm every day. In addition, all clinics have restarted and the hospital continues to receive patients who, due to the temporary closure, were initially admitted to our neighbouring hospitals for their care and treatment.

Patients who have an appointment scheduled from Thursday 18 June 2020 onwards do not need to contact the hospital to confirm their appointment; they should attend their appointment as planned. We are continuing to contact patients whose appointment was cancelled during the temporary closure to reschedule their appointment.

Read the latest update in full. 

Use of face coverings when coming to hospital

From Monday 15 June, anyone coming to one of our hospitals will need to wear a face covering at all times, except very young children or those exempt for medical reasons.

This guidance has been introduced by the Department of Health and Social Care to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) and keep patients, visitors, including people with carer responsibilities, patient supporters, personal assistants and staff safe.

View our face mask guidance in full.

Visitor guidance

UPDATE: New national guidance on visiting patients in hospital was published on Friday 5 June. We have updated our visiting policies from Monday 22 June 2020 in line with these new guidelines while ensuring we continue to maintain the safety of our patients, visitors and staff.

Please note that all visitors must wear a mask or face covering at all times, except very young children or those exempt for medical reasons.

Full details of the current visiting guidance for our hospitals in Bristol and Weston can be found via the following links:

  • For information about our hospitals in Bristol please visit here.

  • For information about Weston General Hospital please visit here.

The visiting guidance for adult inpatients now permits one nominated family member or friend to come and visit daily, during our allocated visiting hours. Nominated visitors will be given a letter that will enable them access to our hospitals which will need to be presented on every visit. You may be asked to agree a visiting time slot with the ward team; this is to ensure there are only a limited number of visitors in the ward at any one time.

Visiting guidance for our children’s hospital, maternity services and neonatal unit remain unchanged, further details are available via the above links.

If you are in attendance to support the needs of a patient as a familiar carer/supporter/personal assistant you will not be counted as an additional visitor.

We will continue to keep this guidance under careful review. We want to thank all our patients and visitors for your continued support and understanding.

You must not visit in any circumstances if you have a new persistent cough, high temperature or have a loss/change in your normal sense of smell or taste. For more information and guidance on coronavirus, please visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Share your experiences of our services during COVID-19

We want to hear your experiences of our services during COVID-19. We hope your experience has continued to be a positive one, but if you have ideas about how we could do things better, please let us know by completing this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VWQW25M