Updated visiting guidance
All inpatients can have up to two visitors each day (booked in advance with the ward for a fixed period of time) across all our hospital sites. Visitors no longer have to wear a mask in non-clinical settings but will be expected to in ‘high risk’ clinical areas to help protect our more vulnerable patients from infection.
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From 7 June 2022, staff and visitors no longer need to wear face masks in all non-clinical areas of Newcastle Hospitals, unless it is their personal preference to do so.
The change has been made in line with national guidance about the mandated use of masks in healthcare settings.
However, visitors will still be asked to continue to wear face masks in many ‘higher risk’ clinical areas – such as critical care, cancer wards and older people’s medicine – to help ensure we protect our more vulnerable patients or in wards where patients may be infectious.
Please be considerate of waiting areas where there might be vulnerable patients waiting. You may need to wear a mask in these areas such as, NCCC and renal outpatients and IOT outpatients.
Speak to the ward you are visiting if you are unsure whether you need to wear a mask. Please ask staff to wear a mask if this makes you feel more comfortable.
Visitors and those accompanying patients to outpatient appointments or the emergency department no longer have to wear a face mask but masks will continue to be available for those who want them.
It’s also really important we don’t undo all the hard work of the last two and a half years and ask that visitors continue to wash or gel their hands when entering ward areas for example as this helps to reduce the risk of infection.
You may still be asked whether you have any COVID-19 symptoms or if you have had COVID-19 in the last 10 days.
As we learn to live with COVID-19, this may include suspending visiting in certain areas due to outbreaks.
Important information about coming into hospital
It’s really important patients continue to attend any planned appointments with us and we’re always here if you have urgent or medical emergency needs. Our aim is to keep you safe and we’ve lots of measures in place across our hospital and community sites.
It is essential that you read and follow this advice if you are coming into hospital.Coming into hospital for an appointment Coming into hospital for your surgery Coming into hospital for surgery