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Visitor FAQs



Inpatients in our hospitals can have any two visitors with them at any one time between 8.00am and 8.00pm (they don't have to be the same two visitors throughout the day).

We aim to protect patient mealtimes where possible, but welcome visiting during these times if it is to offer assistance and encouragement to eat.


Patients on our children's wards and in the Newborn and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) can have immediate family members, including siblings, with them at any time.

Wider family visiting will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Maternity inpatients who are not on the labour wards can have no more than two visitors a day with them between the hours of 8.00am and 8.00pm.

Please also visit:

Maternity Services

Inpatients with COVID-19

If you are visiting someone who has COVID-19, please speak to the Ward Manager or nurse in charge before attending.

Exceptional circumstances

We understand there will always be the need to consider exceptional circumstances, and we will make individual arrangements for visiting in these cases. Please discuss this with the Ward Manager or the nurse in charge.

Exceptional circumstances include:

  • patients at the end of their life
  • patients who cannot make decisions for themselves
  • patients with carers
  • patients with a learning disability.


Visitors must wear face masks if:

  • visiting immunocompromised patients
  • attending departments at the Churchill Hospital including:
    • Haematology
    • Oncology
    • Transplant
    • Chemotherapy
    • Renal (including Dialysis)
  • advised by Infection Prevention and Control (for example, visiting patients with COVID-19).

Anyone may of course wear a mask if they choose to.

Thank you so much for helping us keep our patients, visitors and staff safe.

Before visiting

If you are unwell with symptoms of COVID-19, a respiratory infection, or have diarrhoea / vomiting, do not visit until you are well.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or someone in your household has COVID-19, please follow national guidance:

What to do if you are a close contact of someone who has had a positive test result for COVID-19 -

Emergency Departments / A&E attendances

Anyone in our Emergency Departments, Emergency Assessment Units, GP referral units and the Eye Hospital Emergency Department can have no more than two people with them.

Outpatient appointments

People attending our Outpatient Departments should have no more than two people with them for their appointment.

Last reviewed:04 December 2023