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University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

Coronavirus guidance

Key information for patients and visitors

Further relaxation on mask wearing

We’re pleased to be able to update our guidance for visitors on the wearing of facemasks and face coverings in our hospitals, following the latest national guidelines.

Masks are now no longer required in ‘public’ areas in our hospitals, including entrances, waiting areas, corridors and restaurants. Staff, outpatients and visitors who choose to continue to wear masks (or due to a risk assessment) should still do so, and we will keep providing masks at our entrances for this purpose.

If you have an outpatient appointment or are visiting a ward, please take a mask from here to put on in these areas if you do not already have one.   Mask wearing currently remains in place in all inpatient (ward) areas, as well as in clinic rooms and in our urgent and emergency care settings, eg our emergency departments, urgent treatment centres and same day emergency care (SDEC) facilities. We hope to update this guidance shortly.

Masks will continue to be required for patients with suspected Covid-19, where they are tolerated and clinically safe to wear.

We ask everyone to continue to follow good hand hygiene practices, including the regular use of hand gel, and to stay away from our hospitals if any symptoms of Covid-19 are present.

We would also like to place on record our thanks to the communities we serve for their support in wearing masks when in our hospitals over the last two years to directly support us in providing the safest care possible to all our patients.

Covid-19 restrictions for visitors

Click here for our maternity visitor restrictions

As you may know, visiting arrangements in hospitals across England have been restricted during the pandemic to reduce the risk Covid-19 poses to vulnerable patients, and staff keeping health services running for those who need NHS care. At University Hospitals Dorset, in line with the latest national advice, our visiting guidance for the public has now been updated to include the following:

·A maximum of two visitors are now allowed at any one time, and may stay longer than one hour. Patients may have more than one such visit per day, which can be by different visitors. Visits should continue to be pre-arranged with the ward

·Anyone showing any signs of Covid-19, or who are unwell, should not visit

·Visitor PPE requirements remain unchanged

·Compassionate visiting and ward/clinical team discretion must be balanced with the related IPC risks, and must focus on the patient’s/visitor’s wellbeing

·Patients in our emergency departments may be accompanied by one other person at the discretion of the department (including one parent if the patient is a child)

This guidance will continue to be kept under regular review.

Drive through swabbing

Drive through swabbing centre directions - Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Due to building works, the Covid-19 swabbing drive-through service will be in the Village Hotel car park in Deansleigh Road opposite the hospital. The car park barriers will remain open for those attending swabbing. Click here for a map of the Village swabbing site. 

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While we focus our efforts on meeting the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, we are still here to help you. If you are unwell, you should continue to access the care that you need.

If you are a patient with a long-term condition please do keep in touch with your clinical team.

We regret we are unable to provide Covid-19 vaccinations to inpatients – please contact your GP


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