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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Alert Coronavirus / COVID-19

If you have a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell, do not come to our hospitals. Follow the national advice on coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please find information on our services and visiting restrictions in our COVID-19 section.

Patients and visitors must wear a face covering in our hospitals.

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Visitor FAQs

Updated 13 October 2021

We follow the 'Rule of One' - our inpatients can have one visitor, for one hour, once per day.

Ward staff will contact patients' loved ones to arrange visits in advance and book the visiting slot.

If your friend or family member is in one of our Emergency Assessment Units or Same Day Assessment Units, please contact the unit directly to book a slot.

It is important to stay within your booked slot to help us maintain essential social distancing on our wards.

Please do not visit our hospitals if you feel unwell.

You must wear a face covering or face mask at all times in our hospital buildings. Please also keep a two metre distance from other people and wash/sanitise your hands regularly. See our safety rules.

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

Maternity patients

Please visit Maternity Services


One parent or guardian for as long as required, but no siblings please.

Patients at the end of their life

Please speak to the nurse in charge.

Patients who cannot make decisions for themselves

Please speak to the nurse in charge.

A&E attendances and outpatient appointments

Patients attending our Emergency Departments and Outpatient Departments must attend unaccompanied unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Exceptional circumstances

Some exceptional circumstances will require case-by-case assessment, for example:

  • children
  • patients with learning disabilities
  • designated carers
  • patients who can't make decisions for themselves.

Please discuss with the ward manager or nurse in charge.

Keep in Touch

We offer a Keep in Touch service to help you contact loved ones in hospital.