Visiting someone in hospital

This page was last updated 29 April 2022.

Inpatients on the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries (MCSI) and Sheldon Ward, the hospital’s general medicine and rehabilitation ward, and long stay oncology and tumour patients are allowed a “named visitor”.

Some shorter stay patients with exceptional needs - including paediatric patients and those on an end-of-life care pathway – will also be allows a named visitor. 

Exceptional circumstances could also refer to people with a learning disability or dementia, where there may be increased distress. It could also mean that allowing a visitor may be of significant benefit to that patient. 

Any other relatives who feel they have exceptional circumstances as to why they should be allowed to visit will need to discuss on a case-by-case basis with the nurse-in-charge. 

Patients will be allowed one named visitor (or two on MCSI), and visitor(s) must book their visits with the Ward Clerk in the ward, where their loved one is staying. 

Visitors will need to wear face masks at all times, and will be provided with a surgical face mask by the hospital on arrival, and must follow guidance on hand hygiene and social distancing whilst on site. 

Individual wards will be able to use their own discretion as to time slots they offer to visitors, though all appointments for the day must be concluded by 7pm, in order that thorough cleaning can take place. 

Our rules on visiting remain under constant review, and this page will be updated as and when they change. 

Outpatient appointments

People attending for appointments in the Main Outpatients Department, who must continue to attend their consultation alone unless by prior agreement with the department.

This is due to space restrictions in the Main Outpatients which mean adequate social distancing could not be maintained if patients were accompanied.

If you are bringing someone to an outpatient appointment then you can only take them as far as the Main Entrance. You can then either make use of the cafe in the Main Entrance (currently open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm), or return to your car to wait.