When visiting a patient at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, we request you...

Only attend if the visit is essential, there is separate guidance for patients at the end of life and speak to the nurse in charge about our visit. Please talk to the ward before you travel to find out more about how you can stay in touch through virtual visits and our messaging service via our website. Many of our wards have iPads and staff can help patients to connect with family members

  • Do not visit if you are unwell and especially if you have symptoms of coronavirus (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss of taste and smell) or if you are shielding.
  • Note that only ONE visitor is permitted per patient at any time following agreement with the nurse in charge; without exception  
    • If at all possible this should always be the same person
    • Only ONE parent allowed to accompany
    • children, no siblings
    • Understand that all visits must be at a time agreed with the ward Nurse in Charge before you travel
    • If you turn up without doing so you will be turned away
  • Note that you may not be able to visit every day and the length of your visit may vary
  • Visits by children under 12 will not be permitted except in cases where a patient is receiving palliative or end of life care
  • The hospital chaplaincy team are available to support your relative 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, they can be contacted via chaplaincy@hhft.nhs.uk

If visiting our hospitals, you will be asked to:

  • Wear a face mask whilst in the ward
  • Regularly wash or sanitise your hands 
  • Maintain a safe distance from others (2 metres)
  • Minimise the amount of personal belongings you bring with you into the hospital
    • For example: handbags, jewellery, watches, wristbands should not be worn/ carried

Please note that the healthcare staff will be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and there may be clear Perspex screens between your relatives bed space.

Maternity services guidelines

After initially allowing a single one partner/ support person to attend the obstetric ultrasound scan at 12 and 20 weeks, the decision has now been made to welcome partners back into the booking, additional scan appointments and antenatal clinics.

Guidelines remain in place for those coming in to the hospitals to ensure the safety of patients and staff, including following social distancing measures, wearing a face mask and regular hand washing. 

Partners coming into the maternity departments will be asked to wait outside the department or in their car, before being invited in as the appointment will commence. This is due to limited waiting room capacities.

For more information, visit our maternity services page.

In order to control the virus and for the safety of all, you will be required to…

  • Wear a face mask inside the hospital, communal/catering areas remain closed, use hand gel on entry & wash your hands on entry to the ward & replace your mask/face covering with a surgical mask
  • Socially distance at all times – including when you are with your relative/ loved one
  • When you are ready to leave, you will need to wash your hands with soap and water before leaving the ward
  • Dispose of your face mask upon leaving the main hospital building in the yellow bins supplied and disinfect your hands with gel, head directly home, do not visit others

It is strongly encouraged that all clothes you wear should to be washed separately when you arrive home at 60 degrees or higher.

Please speak to the ward Nurse in Charge for further information



updated 11 November 2020