Salisbury Foundation Trust

Visitor Restrictions

Visiting Suspended at Salisbury District Hospital

Due to a continuous and rapid rise in the number of patients being cared for at Salisbury District Hospital that have tested positive for COVID-19,  the difficult decision has been made to immediately suspend all visiting except for those receiving end of life care and those patients with special needs.  This decision has been made to protect patients and staff and support the safe operating of the hospital.

Anyone planning on visiting loved ones at Salisbury Hospital should contact the relevant ward in advance and discuss alternative ways to keep in touch. Access for partners to support mothers during labour remains unchanged and partners can attend with mothers for some clinics and for limited periods on the post-natal wards.

We are happy for patients to be contacted by mobile phone and our free Wi-Fi service allows the use of Skype, Facetime and other similar services. Many patients are also able to make use of the Hospedia service which is free to call UK landlines and gives two minutes free to UK mobiles.

If you are visiting for the exceptions stated above, you should not visit any area of the hospital if you are:

  • Unwell, especially with a high temperature or a new, persistent cough.
  • Vulnerable as a result of medication, a chronic illness or you’re over 70 years of age.

No children should be visiting without the ward sister or the nurse in charge's explicit prior permission.

Visitors should follow social distancing guidance and keep the time spent in the hospital to a minimum, please go directly to the area you are visiting and do not visit other areas of the hospital.

Upon entering the ward, visitors will be directed to wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds. And we would ask visitors to do the same on leaving the ward and follow all other guidance given by our staff.

Maternity Visitors

Visitors to the Labour Ward

  • Only one birthing partner can accompany a woman in labour and during admission on the post-natal ward.

Accompanying Appointments

Updated on Friday 15th January 2021: From Friday 15th January 2021 women and birthing people should attend ALL scan appointments and all Antenatal clinic appointments alone. This is for appointments at Salisbury District Hospital and in our Antenatal Consultant clinics at Tidworth and Shaftesbury. We hope that this will only be a temporary measure whilst we implement some safety measures for both you and your support partner when coming in to the hospital. We plan to offer additional screening for women/birthing people and their support partner on the day of the appointment. The proposed screening will involve a swab test and will provide us with information about whether women/birthing people and their support partner are Covid-19 negative or Covid-19 positive. We will be sharing further updates over the next week.

Visiting the Hospice

Please contact the hospice directly.

Attending Accident & Emergency

  • Please keep the numbers accompanying someone to A&E to an absolute minimum
  • If using A&E for respiratory assessment (suspected Coronavirus) try not to bring any members of your household or children with you

Dropping Someone off at the Hospital

When dropping off a friend or relative for an appointment at the hospital visitors are encouraged to remain in the car unless accompanying the patient is absolutely essential. This is to reduce footfall through the hospital and protect patients, staff and visitors.

Springs Restaurant & Hedgerows Café

The restaurant and café are now only available to Salisbury District Hospital pass holders– no public are allowed. This is to prioritise availability of meals to our staff and to reduce public footfall in the hospital. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Vending machines offering hot and cold beverages and a range of snacks are located on levels 3 and 4 of the main hospital building and directly outside of the Day Surgery Unit. These will continue to be available to both staff and visitors.

We ask for the public’s help in respecting these rules.

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.

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