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Visiting restrictions

30 Oct 2020 15:29:24
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This information was updated on 31 December 2021

The following visitor restrictions are currently in place at Rotherham Hospital.

    For adult inpatient wards the restrictions are:

    • Visiting is currently suspended for adult inpatient wards
    • Exceptions apply for patients with dementia, learning disabilities or autism who can have one named visitor. Visiting for these patients can be arranged directly with the ward.
    • Patients receiving end of life care can have one visitor at a time after discussion with the Nurse in charge.

    For patients on the Children’s Ward, Children’s Assessment Unit or attending paediatric UECC:

    • One parent or guardian may visit a child at any time
    • One parent or guardian may exchange with the other so both have the opportunity to visit a child each day

    Special Care Baby Unit:

    • Two parents or guardians may visit together if they are from the same household or social bubble


    • The Trust’s Maternity Services remain committed to facilitating support for pregnant women throughout their pregnancy and childbirth. 

    • We continue to welcome one support partner at all antenatal appointments, into Triage and ANDU for assessments, Labour Ward for induction of labour and onto Wharncliffe Ward (Details of all Maternity restrictions). 

    Outpatient appointments and UECC:

    • Patients should attend on their own. 

    • Where a patient requires assistance, a maximum of one other person is allowed to accompany them. This includes patients with dementia, learning disabilities or autism

    Please treat our colleagues, patients and each other with respect - we will not tolerate discrimination, verbal or physical abuse.

    Dropping off personal belongings

     Loved ones are welcome to drop off patient belongings at the entrance to the ward. Please make sure items are securely packaged and clearly labelled with the patient’s name.

    On arrival, please press the ward buzzer. A member of the team will collect the belongings from you. You will not be allowed to enter the ward.

    To keep bed areas free from clutter, and to ensure cleaning protocols are not hindered, please only send essential items.

    We cannot accept hot or cold food. Long-life snacks which require no preparation (such as biscuits) are allowed.

    Recommended items include: 

    • Clothes (including pyjamas)
    • Sensible footwear
    • Toiletries
    • Books/puzzles
    • If appropriate – a mobile phone or tablet, with chargers. Please let the staff member know if you bring an electronic device so it can be added to the patient belongings register.

    *   Please note - valuables are brought into the Trust at your own risk. The Trust cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage.

    Keeping in Touch

     We want patients to be able to keep in touch with loved ones and have implemented procedures to support this.

    Message to a loved one

     A dedicated way for loved ones to send letters/messages/updates/photos to patients in hospital. We will deliver your message in the hope it will put a smile on their face. Please email your message to

    Virtual visiting

     Our staff can assist in setting up a virtual visit on the ward between patients and loved ones, supporting a video call using a tablet device provided by the Trust. 

    Relatives Line

    This service helps to provide quick and direct updates for loved ones at this difficult time. It is a single point of contact given to a designated relative or friend when a patient is admitted. From Monday 10 January, loved ones can phone to book a call back from a Registered Nurse to provide a clinical update which will allow ward staff more time to care for patients.

    To access this service, please call 01709 426464. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm.