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Important message - changes to our visiting policy (COVID-19)

To keep our women, children, families and staff as safe as possible and to limit the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) we have updated our visiting policy.

Do not visit if you are unwell, especially if you have a high temperature or a new, persistent cough, or if you are vulnerable as a result of medication you take, have a chronic illness or are over 70. For the latest national guidance on self-isolation visit the NHS England website.

In line with national NHS guidance, including other specialist hospitals, the following will apply to both visits to inpatients and the attendance of outpatient appointments.

Children’s Hospital

Visiting for inpatients is restricted to a maximum of one designated family member or carer across all areas of the hospital, including Parkview. One adult at a time, from the same household unless due to family circumstances the child regularly spends their time in two households, in which case it can be one adult from each household. Only one adult should travel to the hospital at any one time, and no other family members are allowed on site during the visit.

For outpatient attendances a maximum of one designated family member or carer may accompany the patient for the appointment.

No children will be allowed to visit until further notice.

Women’s Hospital

All visiting for inpatients has been suspended until further notice with the following exceptions and only where the birth partner is not self isolating or has symptoms of COVID19:

  • One designated birth partner is able to accompany a woman in labour in birthing areas; this includes going into theatre for caesarean section where the woman is not symptomatic of COVID19. Birth partners are not permitted during the beginning of an induction of labour. In such circumstances, they will be contacted once labour has started or when a transfer to a labour or birthing area has taken place.
  • A maximum of one family member or carer at any one time is able to visit babies being cared for on our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), with parents able to swap through the day. No children are able to visit. 

All outpatient appointments, both those taking place in the hospital and in the community, should be unaccompanied with the patient only attending. This includes attendances to our Maternity Day Assessment Unit, Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit and ultrasound scans. Please do not bring children as this will result in your appointment being rearranged.

Forward Thinking Birmingham (Mental Health)

For outpatient attendances a maximum of one designated family member or carer may accompany the patient for the appointment.

We have also now started screening visitors as they arrive at our sites. This team will check that the visitor policy is being adhered to, and no other members of the public will be allowed onto our sites.

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Wherever possible, visitors should be the same individual each time, unless that person needs to self-isolate or becomes unwell. No other family or friends should be on the Trust’s premises whilst an individual makes their visit.

These visiting arrangements do not apply for patients receiving end-of-life care. In such circumstances, please contact the ward or department offering care to discuss appropriate arrangements.

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We know that this will be difficult for many of our families and patients. However, as COVID-19 rates are now increasingly rapidly, we need your support to ensure that we minimise the risk of coronavirus being brought onto our site, and causing an infection to a vulnerable patient, or an essential member of our NHS team.

Your support of our patients is still as vital as ever. We’d encourage families and friends to use other means to stay in touch, including digital communications, to offer support to loved ones through this difficult time.