Important message - our current visiting policy

In order to protect our vulnerable patients, families and staff we do have some visiting restrictions in place in some of our departments where there is high risk. We also continue to request anyone visiting to wear a mask or face covering when on site

In clinical areas such as wards, consultations rooms and treatment areas, the wearing of masks/face coverings is essential. In our restaurants, prayer rooms and other non-clinical areas, mask wearing is optional however we would still recommend you do.

Do not visit if you are COVID positive or feel 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.

At our Children's Hospital

For inpatients, two adult relatives may visit together between the hours of 8am and 8pm.
This applies across all areas of the hospital, including at our Parkview Clinic.

Siblings and other children will not be able to visit at any time.

For outpatient attendances a maximum of two adult family members or carers may accompany the patient for the appointment.

We understand that there will be exceptional circumstances in some cases. Please speak to the person or team leading a patient's care about what can be safely done. This must be by prior agreement.

Read more about our Children's Hospital wards

At our Women's Hospital

Elective caesarean and procedures requiring an anaesthetic
One partner/support person will be able to join a woman for this part of her care. Women will be asked to have a COVID-19 PCR test (that is tested in our laboratory), with the partner being asked to take a Lateral Flow test, both will be provided by the hospital – this will be explained to you at the pre-attendance or pre-op appointment.

Induction of labour
Women may continue to be accompanied by two birth partners who will be asked to take a Lateral Flow Test provided by our hospital and explained to you as part of our ‘booking for Induction of labour’ arrangements.

Delivery Suite/Birth Centre – emergency or labour attendance:
Two birth partners may accompany women when they are in a birthing room- this is usually when they are in established labour or when induction of labour is progressing. Both birth partners will be asked to take a provided Lateral Flow test and a negative test result to remain.

Women will be asked to take a PCR test at the most appropriate, safest opportunity.

Outpatients
A partner or support person may accompany throughout, provided they have no symptoms of COVID or other infections, that they wear a mask and without the need for any testing.

Gynaecology
A partner or support person may accompany throughout, provided they have no symptoms of COVID or other infections, without the need for any testing.

Fertility
For all appointments a partner or support person may accompany throughout.

Patients attending for an appointment where there is no clinical procedure, such as andrology and fertility consents, may attend without any testing.

Those attending for a clinical procedure, such as fertility simulation, both attendees will be asked to take a Lateral Flow test provided.

Neonatal
Parents on our Neonatal Unit are longer be required to take a test however are asked not to attend if they have symptoms of Covid-19. Lateral flow tests will be available on the Neonatal Unit if the need arises.

For further visiting details for the ward you'd like to visit, please look at their dedicated page.

Wards
Visitors are now permitted to attend Maternity and Gynaecology wards. Please click on the link below to find out about the rules on each ward:

Read more about our Women's Hospital wards

At Forward Thinking Birmingham visiting (Community Mental Health)

For inpatients, two adults may visit together during daylight hours. Siblings and other children will not be able to visit at any time.

For outpatient attendances a maximum of two designated family members or carers may accompany the patient for the appointment.

We understand that there will be exceptional circumstances in some cases. Please speak to the person or team leading a patient's care about what can be safely done. This must be by prior agreement.

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