To ensure the upmost standards of safety for our patients, families, and staff, we are continuing to introduce measures to allow safe social distancing and reduce the amount of people coming onto the hospital site.
Last week, in line with other hospitals, we introduced new visiting arrangements in order to protect patients, staff and other visitors. Visiting has been reduced to one parent or carer at any one time and we have also asked that families avoid bringing children in to visit patients. You can read more about our visiting guidelines here.
In order for us to further reduce footfall and adhere to social distancing measures within our main Hospital building, we have now also taken the decision to close down our Hospital to anyone other than hospital staff, patients and parents/carers visiting their children.
Our Security Team will support our Volunteer colleagues in greeting our staff, patients and visitors at all Hospital entrances, to ensure that only they are accessing the building. We will also be ensuring that social distancing measures are in place outside the hospital to ensure safe queuing.
The facilities within the Atrium, including M&S, WH Smiths, Costa Coffee and the Treetops Restaurant are currently remaining open, but for staff and parents within the Hospital only. We would ask that members of the general public do not try to use the Hospital Atrium as a thoroughfare during this time. External food delivery drivers will also no longer be able to access the Hospital.
We appreciate that these measures may be challenging and frustrating. However we believe that they are essential in reducing the possibility of spreading the virus within the Hospital and will help to keep our staff and families as well as our most vulnerable patients safe.