Information on this page last reviewed/updated: Tuesday 29 March 2022

Visitors are welcome in Barnsley Hospital – only in rare circumstances will visiting not be permitted.

We recognise the contribution visiting makes to the wellbeing and the person-centred care of patients, so have made this important decision to allow patients to have some contact with their family members where appropriate. We regularly review our visiting guidance so please check this website for the latest information.

Visiting is now permitted in a risk-assessed manner. We ask everyone to wear a face mask at all times during their visit, to regularly use our hand hygiene stations, and to maintain social distance wherever possible.

Please expect staff and volunteers to ask you to wear a mask if they see you without one. Some charities have provided lanyards to those who are exempt from wearing face coverings. We do not ask children under the age of 11 to wear face coverings.

We no longer ask visitors to take a lateral flow test before attending, but we do ask that anyone feeling unwell, even if they have tested negative for Covid-19 and are fully vaccinated and have received their booster, should not visit. This is to protect our vulnerable patients, and visitors may be asked to leave if they are displaying any symptoms.

Wherever possible outpatients and visitors should arrange to be driven to and from the hospital by a member of their household to minimise the risk of exposure to others, so avoid using public transport if you can.

General inpatient visiting

Visiting is limited to one visitor by arrangement with the ward. This should be the same visitor on each occasion, where this is not possible visitors should, where possible be from the same household. Visitors will be assigned a time to attend, and may be asked to keep their visit to a limited duration so we can accommodate visitors for the maximum number of patients whilst at the same time minimising infection risk.

We can now accept visitors for covid positive patients and for patients who are still awaiting covid test results.

Visiting for patients receiving end of life care

Open visiting is available for patients receiving end of life care. The number of visitors at any one time is limited by social distancing and we will try to facilitate larger families as best we can. This might sometimes mean that only two visitors will be allowed into the room at once. Our teams will do their very best using their professional judgement in order to ensure social distancing and the visitors safety.

Long-stay, complex patients and those with dementia, a learning disability and or autism

A designated regular carer may attend, plus two named visitors can visit. We are open to discussions with family members if they wish to participate in the patient’s care plan, for example supporting any enhanced care needs.

Emergency department

Visitors are not permitted in the Emergency Department, but the patient may be accompanied by a carer as required.

Outpatient and diagnostic appointments

In order to reduce footfall though the hospital, anyone attending an outpatient or diagnostic appointment is asked to do so alone, unless they need to be accompanied by a carer.


To arrange a visit please contact the appropriate ward directly.

  • Visitors will be required to adhere to PPE requirements and must wear a face mask on arrival to the hospital and throughout their visit. Social distancing must be maintained throughout the visit.
  • Visitors will be asked a number of screening questions before their visit.

For parents or legal guardians in the children’s ward and assessment unit, one parent per child is allowed. Both parents are permitted to visit on the neo natal unit but they must take twice weekly lateral flow tests prior to visiting.

For information on maternity please check the maternity services page.

The position on visiting will be under continuous review and will be subject to change at any time, to keep yourself up to date keep in touch with the hospital website

Tips for visitors

  • Please do not visit the hospital if you are unwell
  • Arrive in good time for your arranged visiting time
  • Check with the ward staff before bringing or sending gifts to a patient
  • Wear a mask at all times when inside the hospital
  • Wear short sleeved clothing if you can for your visit – it makes it easier to keep your hands clean during your visit
  • Take off your coat/jacket before entering the ward
  • Use the hand hygiene gels provided in each ward and at every patient bedside every time you enter and leave the ward
  • Wash your hands after visiting the toilet
  • Use the chair provided by the bed – do not sit on a patient’s bed

Virtual visiting

We offer “Virtual visiting” for all inpatients who would like it. This means regular phone calls or Whatsapp video calling with help from staff and volunteers. Talk to the ward nursing team or visit our website for more information. All inpatients are encouraged to keep in touch with friends and relatives using their own phone.

Nobody with Coronavirus symptoms should come to the hospital for an appointment, or to visit or accompany someone else. You must also not visit the hospital if you are Covid positive, self-isolating, shielding, or unwell.

How to stay updated about a patient’s care at the hospital

Proactive communication about a patient’s care usually takes place face-to-face with a patient’s family or carers during visits. This has not always been possible during the Covid pandemic, so we currently provide this communication over the phone.

On admission to the ward, the nurse caring for the patient will record who will be their nominated point of contact.  This person will receive telephone calls from the ward about the patient’s care.

The ward will always try to discuss discharge planning arrangements with the nominated point of contact so long as the patient agrees this is OK.