Visiting arrangements

We have eased our visiting restrictions at North Mid in a way that ensures that our patients and staff continue to be safe. Currently, visiting is allowed for:

  • Patients who are being cared for on our wards. Visiting times are anytime between 7am - 8pm and each patient on our wards can have up to two visitors.  
  • Parents of children under 18 who are inpatients (2 nominated parents/guardians may visit on alternate days with permission to stay overnight)
  • Parents whose babies are in the neonatal unit
  • One person can accompany a patient in our A&E department

The nurse in charge or matron will be able to advise on whether your relative or friend can receive a visit because of one of the above reasons.

Please come via our main entrance with photo identification where we will also give you a mask and some hand gel. If you have any mobility issues, we are happy to provide assistance while you are making your visit.

You will be given a mask to wear throughout your visit and asked to wash your hands on arrival and leaving any clinical area.

We last reviewed these arrangements on Monday 12 September and continue to regularly review our visiting in line with national guidance and local Covid-19 prevalence. Please check back on this page as it is regularly updated. 

If this visiting policy causes you any worry or extreme concern, please contact our Patient Liaison and Advice Service

Children’s services

 

Paediatric Day Assessment Unit (PDAU) & Paediatric Assessment Unit

1 nominated parent or guardian over 18yrs may accompany their child

If the child is an inpatient (non COVID) 

2 nominated parents or guardians may visit on alternate days with permission to stay overnight.

The parents or guardians will not be able to visit together unless in exceptional circumstances requested by clinical teams.

If the child is an inpatient and has diagnosed or suspected covid-19

1 nominated parent or guardian to stay with the child and will have to self isolate as per government guidelines.

Exceptional circumstances

There are times when visitors may need to attend outside of the normal visiting arrangements, therefore, please speak to the nurse in charge and we will try to support this request as much as possible.

Having a baby at North Mid

Our visiting and accompaniment arrangements for our maternity unit:

  • For all antenatal clinic and ultrasound appointments, 1 nominated adult can accompany you
  • If you are in labour, 2 nominated adults can come with you 
  • If you are having a planned caesarean section (C-section), 1 nominated adult can come with you.
  • If you are booked for an induction of labour, 1 nominated adult can stay with you.
  • After you give birth, 1 nominated birth partner can be with you on the postnatal ward during the 4 hour period allocated each day.
  • If your child is in neo-natal intensive care, we do not have residential facility for parents but invite parents to visit their baby anytime on the unit as per their convenience. In addition to this, we have three parent bedrooms available for parents to stay overnight in preparation for discharge or support.

Partners will need to wear a surgical mask to visit. We will give you a suitable mask at the entrance to the maternity unit. For safety, we continue to socially distance within the maternity department, so please do not bring other children to appointments. For visitors of those having a baby, please use the maternity entrance, located just off Sterling Way. 

Virtual visiting

We have returned to normal visiting arrangements but we can still offer a virtual appointment if you are unable to attend:

If you are a relative of a patient and want more information, please call 020 8887 3172 or email our PALS team on northmid.pals@nhs.net.  

We are committed to keeping our patients, staff and local community safe, and our multi-professional ethics panel is currently reviewing this updated guidance before confirming whether we need to make any changes to our currrent visiting arrangments. 

Please check back to this section of our website regularly for latest information and guidance.

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Dropping off items and food to our patients

Items 

Please drop off any items for your loved one at the main entrance of the hospital. You will be asked to complete a short form so that arrangements can be made for it to be dropped to your loved one. 

Food

While we provide a wide variety of food for patients, you are welcome to drop off food to your relatives.

Please drop this off at the main entrance of the hospital and arrangements will be made for it to be dropped to your loved one. 

Please note that we are unable to heat food that is delivered.