Important information for patients and visitors in light of new government guidance

On Monday 19th July, new government guidance will come into force for England, lifting a series of Covid-19 restrictions as part of the final stage of the government’s four-step roadmap for lifting lockdown.

Across our hospitals, the safety of our patients and staff is paramount, and we will continue to observe the measures we currently have in place to keep everyone safe during their visit. This follows the guidelines set by Public Health England that state that everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules.     

  • Face coverings: anyone entering our hospitals must wear a face mask or covering while in our buildings, unless they fall within the following groups: children under the age of three, anyone with respiratory conditions or breathing difficulties, and anyone unable to use a face covering without assistance.
  • Social distancing: maintain a two-metre distance between yourself and anyone you come across during your visit, unless advised otherwise – for example, to allow staff to carry out any tests patients need.   
  • Handwashing: wash your hands or use hand sanitiser as soon as you enter the hospital, and frequently thereafter.

Further information on what we are doing to keep you safe during your visit can be found here.


Visiting has not yet returned to normal levels and continues to be carefully managed. Further information is available here.