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Coronavirus guidance

Key information for patients and visitors

Covid-19 restrictions for visitors

With the emergence of the omicron variant, we regret that visiting restrictions have been further restricted. We need to reduce the number of people visiting our hospitals which will help us maintain social distancing and ensure we are protecting our staff, patients and their families as best as we can.

One named visitor only is currently allowed per patient. This named visitor may visit once per day for up to an hour. 

We understand this can be difficult but it is essential to slow the spread of the infection.

General guidance on visiting can be found in this leaflet.

We will continue to ask our staff and visitors to wear face coverings to help protect themselves, our patients and our colleagues. Social distancing and visitor restrictions will also remain in place for the time being.

The latest information on any ongoing restrictions within our hospitals can be found on this website, and through our social media channels.

Outside our hospitals, we would also urge people to continue to wear face coverings in any crowded setting in the community as we believe this has made a huge difference in infection rates.

Covid has not gone away. For anybody who is interested in getting vaccinated to offer great protection for themselves and others, please go to the Dorset CCG website for further information of walk ins and vaccine clinics across Dorset, www.dorsetccg.nhs.uk.

Thank you for your understanding and for your continued support of our NHS.

Where possible, we ask that patients attend the hospital for appointments alone. In our emergency departments, one person may accompany patients for emotional support if needed.

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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