Salisbury District Hospital is now fully open for visiting. However, face masks must be worn at the hospital and hand hygiene guidelines must be followed. Please see individual wards/departments for specific visiting times and further details.
Anyone with a COVID-19 positive test or showing symptoms of coronavirus (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste) should not visit, even if these symptoms are mild or intermittent, due to the risk they pose to others.
Please continue to be kind and considerate to our staff. As always, we will be continually reviewing all our COVID-19 procedures and policies and may make changes in the future.
As you are all aware as a department we are constantly reviewing our guidance regarding COVID-19.
We no longer require any support partners to perform an LFT prior to attending the department, however we do respectfully request that if anyone is displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 that they do not attend any appointments or admissions.
Support partners will warmly be invited to wait with their partners in the antenatal clinic and the day assessment unit. We will be closely monitoring the waiting areas and if there are times where these areas are very busy we may politely request that support partners wait outside.
We will no longer be requesting that anyone who is having a planned admission for example a caesarean section or an induction of labour has a PCR prior to their admission. We will be requesting that an LFT is taken on the day of admission and registered on the NHS website: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result . LFT tests are available on the government website https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
We are continually reviewing all of our restrictions and are pleased to now be able to relax visiting restrictions even further in our maternity services as we move to living with COVID-19. Therefore, with immediate effect, family members, including siblings of the baby, and friends, will be able to visit in our postnatal ward. We are requesting there is a maximum of three visitors to each bed space, which does include partners. Visiting hours for partners in the postnatal ward remains from 10:00 - 21:00, and for other visitors, including siblings, 15:00 - 19:00. At this time, it is only on the postnatal ward and not in any other areas of the department such as labour ward, antenatal clinic or the day assessment unit.
Please continue to be kind and considerate to our staff. Mask wearing, good hand hygiene and regular testing will help keep our maternity environment safe. As always, we will be continually reviewing all our COVID-19 procedures and policies and may make changes in the future.
In the event that anyone has a positive LFT during their pregnancy please phone our telephone triage service for advice and support on 01722 425185.
Everyone will continue to be required to wear a face mask – the only exception is for women who are in labour or within your bed space on the postnatal ward. All our staff will continue to wear face masks, this is because mask wearing is a simple precaution that we can all take to keep each other safe.
Please continue to be kind and considerate to our staff and thank you to everyone for your continued support.
Our staff at Salisbury District Hospital have long been well regarded for the quality of care and treatment they provide for our patients and for their innovation, commitment and professionalism. This has been recognised in a wide range of achievements and it is reflected in our award of NHS Foundation Trust status. This is afforded to hospitals that provide the highest standards of care.