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Coronavirus guidance

Visitor restrictions during the pandemic

Monday 19 July marked the end of many Covid-19 restrictions across England.

As with other healthcare settings across the country, our advice to the public remains unchanged. 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.

As the spread of the Coronavirus evolves, we have relaxed some of our visiting restrictions. We still 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. We understand this can be difficult but it is essential to slow the spread of the infection.

Notes around visiting:

  • Our maternity restrictions differ from normal visiting restrictions. Full information can be viewed here.
  • Each patient may have one named visitor, per day for one hour. This can be a different named visitor each day, up to a maximum of four different visitors.
  • We would appreciate visitors participating in the government's rapid lateral flow testing programme. Tests can be ordered at: maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk

Please note: The restrictions around attending outpatient appointments haven't changed. Patients should continue to attend appointments alone if possible and follow the guidance here.

In our emergency departments, one person may accompany patients for emotional support if needed.

We also have other ways to help you keep in touch with your loved ones while they're in hospital. Find out more here.

These are our current visiting restrictions:

visiting 20 April

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