within adult inpatient wards at Rotherham Hospital is being temporarily
suspended with immediate effect due to the rapid spread of the Omicron Covid-19
variant in the local community. Rotherham currently has the highest community infection
rate in South Yorkshire, and one of the highest across Yorkshire and the
Hazeldine, Deputy Chief Nurse at the Trust, said: “The welfare of our patients,
their families and our staff is our top priority. Rotherham has one of the
highest community infection rates in the region and this poses a greater risk
to our hospital patients if we allow visiting at this time.
understand it is difficult when a loved one is in hospital and how important
visiting is to our patients and their families, making this an extremely
difficult decision to make.
are some exceptions to our new restrictions. Patients with learning
disabilities, autism or dementia will be able to have one visitor. Patients
receiving end of life care are able to have one visitor at a time after
discussion with the Nurse in Charge on the relevant ward.
for these patients can be arranged by contacting the ward directly. These
visitors should take a lateral flow test before visiting the hospital, and only
attend if the result is negative, they are well and have no symptoms of
Covid-19. Face coverings must be worn when in the hospital building.
is free WIFI accessible throughout the Trust and ward areas have iPad
facilities should your loved ones require them. This can be arranged by the
for our maternity services and Special Care Baby Unit are not changing.
Paediatric patients on our children’s ward or attending the Urgent and
Emergency Care Centre can also have one parent or guardian with them at a time.
attending outpatient clinics or the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre should
attend alone unless the visiting criteria are met or they require assistance,
in which case a maximum of one other person is allowed to accompany them.
will continue to monitor the situation regularly and we will reinstate visiting
as soon as we are able to do so in a way that keeps our patients, families and
details of the hospital’s visiting restrictions are available on our website: https://www.therotherhamft.nhs.uk/News/Current/Visiting_restrictions/