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.
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)
One of the two nominated parents or guardians may alternate between themselves with permission to stay overnight and can be with the child at all times.
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.
Parents, siblings, grandparents and named family support can visit at anytime
If anyone else would like to visit, please speak with the nurse in charge
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.
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.
We have returned to normal visiting arrangements but we can still offer a virtual appointment if you are unable to attend:
- you can request a ‘virtual’ visit via FaceTime and Skype by contacting the ward.
- you can send your loved one a patient message. Please complete our online form and we will pass it on in a handmade card.
If you are a relative of a patient and want more information, please call 020 8887 3172 or email our PALS team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.