Read below for more information and exceptions

Updated rules for visiting 

In order to ensure the highest protection to our patients, visitors and staff at Barnsley Hospital, we have made some temporary changes to our visiting arrangements.

All visiting to the hospital is now suspended. The only exceptional circumstances where one visitor – an immediate family member or carer – will be permitted to visit are listed below

  • The patient you wish to visit is receiving end-of-life care.
  • You are the birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour.
  • You are a parent or appropriate adult visiting your child
  • Patients should attend the Emergency Department by themselves wherever possible. If help is needed a maximum of one person can accompany people attending.

Some exceptions may be made for patients who have specific care needs being met by family or carers; this will be at the discretion of the lead nurse.

In order to help our nurses to care for patients in our hospital we ask that where possible family members and friends to communicate with patients directly by using a mobile phone. Where this is not possible we will facilitate a conversation with a nominated family member who we will then ask to communicate with other family members.

Maternity Services

To keep everyone safe, please note the following visiting rules apply immediately for maternity patients within Barnsley Hospital:

  • Maternity Outpatients Appointments – no partners to attend please
  • Antenatal clinic – patient only
  • Ultrasound scan – patient only
  • Antenatal Day Unit – patient only
  • Maternity Assessment Unit/Triage – patient only
  • Antenatal/postnatal ward – patient only (NO visitors at any time)
  • Birthing Centre – Women confirmed in established labour may have one birth partner in attendance
  • Elective Caesarean Section – Women attending for elective caesarean section may have one birthing partner in attendance during the procedure.

Birth partners may not access the antenatal or postnatal ward areas at any time.

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