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Visiting restrictions (including guidance on how to deliver items to patients on our wards)

George Eliot Hospital


Visiting update  December 2022

Patients are allowed a maximum of two bedside visitors at any one time between 1pm and 8pm. 

Visitors no longer need to book an appointment to visit.

Please wear a fluid resistant facemask provided by the trust when visiting your loved ones in hospital – to protect your loved one, other patients, yourself and the staff


  • Ensure that you are decontaminating your hands on arrival and leaving the hospital.  Use the sinks provided in the entrance areas to the hospital and wash your hands with soap and water and then use the hand gel provided.

  • Please DO NOT visit if you are unwell with coughs/colds, flu like symptoms or with symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting


The hospital’s restaurant is again open for visitors to use. A new League of Friends Cafe is also open for visitors. 

FAQ - Before you visit 

Who can visit?

Friends and family can visit patients on our main ward areas at any time between 13.00 and 20.00pm. Patients are allowed a maximum of two bedside visitors at the bedspace at any one time.

I’ve had COVID-19 - can I visit?

Anyone who has had a positive lateral flow test must not visit an inpatient or accompany someone to their hospital appointment.

I’ve got a stomach upset – can I visit?

Any visitors with gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting in the last 48 hours must also not visit or accompany someone into to their hospital appointment even if these symptoms are mild or intermittent. 

FAQ - During you visit 

Why do I need to wear a face mask in a clinical area? I don’t have to outside

Face masks help reduce the risk of spreading airborne viruses such as Coronavirus .Visitors must continue to wear a fluid resistant face mask and maintain strict hand hygiene within clinical areas. We care for very vulnerable people and must reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus and other potentially dangerous viruses on our site.  

Can I touch or cuddle the patient I am visiting?

Yes. Gloves are not required.

Can I use the hospital restaurant

The restaurant is open to visitors. Our shop is also open for visitors.

Emergency Department

Patients are only allowed to have one person accompanying them in our Emergency Department, if you have any additional needs please speak to a member of the team.

Please inform our staff if you or any of your household have shown symptoms of Covid-19 or if you have you had contact with a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19.

Patients having planned surgical procedures will be notified of any requirements for pre-screening, leading up to admission.

Maternity Unit Visiting

For full guidance on visiting our maternity department please click here


Patient Property

Delivering items to patients on the wards

We will do everything we can to get essential items to patients. If you have items for a patient on the ward please bring them into the main hospital reception. 

You will be directed to our volunteer hub (opposite WH Smith) where the volunteers will sterilise items that can be sterilised, label the items and deliver to the patient for you.


Useful links

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Site Map 

If you have a vaccination appointment please visit Combe House
(Single story building next to car park and opposite main entrance)

When calling our switchboard (024 7635 1351) you will be able to get to the area you need quicker by selecting one of the following options: 

Option 1 - A&E Reception 
Option 2 - Pathology Department 
Option 3 - Radiology Department 
Option 4 - Physiotherapy Department