Inpatient and outpatient visiting restrictions eased across the Royal Devon from Friday 10 June 2022

10 Jun 2022

Reflecting the reduced number of patients with COVID-19 across the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, from today, Friday 10 June 2022, we are easing inpatient and outpatient visiting restrictions.

In summary:

  • Adult inpatients: open for visiting seven days a week, 10am-8pm. Bookings are no longer required and “named visitors” are removed, though there should be no more than two visitors at a patient’s bedside at the same time, except for in exceptional circumstances.
  • Critical care: bookings are no longer required. Open for visiting seven days a week, 11-8pm, with a rest period between 1-2pm. There should be no more than two visitors at a patient’s bedside at the same time, except for in exceptional circumstances.
  • Children: Bookings are no longer required. Parents/carers, and siblings are now able to visit, with only two visitors at a bed side at a time, excluding siblings. Parents/carers can be with their child 24/7, other visitors can attend 12pm-7.30pm.
  • Maternity:
    • on the labour ward, two birth partners can be with the woman, 24/7
    • for inpatients on the ante/postnatal ward, one person can visit 9am-8pm, and two people can visit 3pm-8pm, plus any other children the woman has
    • for outpatients, one adult can visit for the duration of the appointment
    • for community hospital settings , one adult can support the mother, plus any other children they may have
  • NNU: 24/7 access for parents/support person and the new-born’s siblings, and visiting for anyone else is between 2pm-8pm. There should be no more than two visitors at a cot side at the same time, except for the addition of the new-born’s siblings.
  • Outpatient, ED and daycase: patients may be accompanied by up to two people where appropriate, safe, and necessary to assist their communication and/or to meet their health, care, emotional, religious, or spiritual care needs.

Please note that social distancing, wearing a facemasks/covering unless medically exempt, and handwashing rules are still in place.

Please help us to help you and your loved one by not attending if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 or any other infection (such as diarrhoea and vomiting).

Staying in touch in other ways

We appreciate how hard separation can be for families and patients and we have a number of measures in place to ensure contact is maintained if people can’t visit. Please click below for more information:

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Last updated: June 10, 2022