We have a few general rules for anyone visiting the hospital. Following these rules helps makes Barnsley Hospital safer for everyone who visits.
- Hand gel - to help us prevent the spread of infection, please use the hand hygiene stations when moving between different areas of the hospital; especially when using doors. Children should only use the gel under parental supervision.
- Sitting on the bed - please do not sit on a patient’s bed. This could cause cross infection. There are chairs available within the ward areas for you to use.
- Machinery and equipment - please do not touch any of the machinery or equipment that is around any patient’s bed. This may cause faulty readings and may be detrimental to either the patient or yourself.
- Telephones and mobile devices - you may be asked to turn your mobile phone off in some clinical areas. If you do use your phone whilst in hospital please be considerate towards other patients and respect their privacy.
- Smoking - please note that Barnsley Hospital is a smoke-free site and smoking is not permitted on any part of the hospital grounds.
Wearing a mask
From time to time we might ask that anyone coming to the hospital wear a face mask to help us limit the spread of seasonal illnesses. Information about when and where you might be asked to do this will be made clear during your visit. Of course, you can personally choose to wear a mask, if you so wish.
We ask everyone to regularly use our hand hygiene stations.
Please be prepared for staff and volunteers to ask you to wear a mask if it is current policy at the time you visit.
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 masks.
If you are feeling unwell, we ask that you not visit. This is to protect our vulnerable patients, and applies even if you have tested negative for Covid-19, are fully vaccinated, and have received boosters. Visitors may be asked to leave if they are displaying any covid-19 symptoms.
We ask that only two people visit any bed space at one time.
Visitors will be asked to wear a mask if visiting Covid-19 positive patients, or patients who are still awaiting Covid-19 test results.