Latest guidance on attending appointments and new visitor restrictions at local hospitals

Hospitals trusts covering Bristol, South Glos and Weston hospitals have said appointments are continuing as normal there is no need to ring and check. However, visiting patients has been suspended except in certain circumstances.
Visitor trust info

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust has just released its latest information for the four week lockdown starting on November 5.

It covers the following: Bristol Eye Hospital, Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, Bristol Heart Institute, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, BRI, South Bristol Community Hospital, St Michael's Hospital, University of Bristol Dental Hospital, Weston General Hospital.

The trust advises the new restrictions mean visitors are only allowed for adults with specific needs or on compassionate grounds – such as learning disabilities or those receving end of life care.

Child patients under 18 are allowed one visitor and one birthing partner is allowed in maternity departments.

People should attend hospital appointments alone unless they need a carer or need special support and should wear a mask and keep their distance from other patients

See the full guidance information below..

The advice is similar for North Bristol NHS Trust which covers Southmead, Cossham, Bristol Centre for Enablement which imposed visitor restrictions on Monday November 3 running until further notice. Please see further information for the North Bristol NHS trust below.

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust advice to those attending appointments:-

A trust spokeswoman said: “We know it is important for our patients to keep in contact with family and friends and we will support them where possible to make use of any telephone or video calls so they can keep in contact with their loved ones. We appreciate this is a difficult time and would like to thank everyone for their understanding and support to help us keep our patients, staff and community safe.”

Patients are asked to continue to attend planned hospital appointments unless they are advised otherwise. Patients do not need to call to check that a booked appointment is going ahead. We will be in touch if anything changes. Patients are asked to come to their appointment alone unless they need a carer or require emotional support.

People are also asked to ‘Think Hands, Face, Space’ when you are with us by washing your hands regularly, wearing a face mask in the hospital at all times, and keeping 2 metres’ space between you and others.

North Bristol Trust has also given out the following advice for coming to hospital appointments

  • Please come to your appointment alone unless you need a carer or you have been advised that you are allowed an additional companion, for example for emotional support.
  • Think Hands, Face, Space when you are with us by washing your hands regularly, wearing a face mask in the hospital at all times, and keeping 2 metres’ space between you and others.
  • Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your appointment.
  • Less seating capacity means you may be asked to wait outside or in your car.
  • Please leave the building promptly after your appointment.

Downloads

UHBW Latest Patient Visiting info
North Bristol Trust Visiting Information

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