Why can’t I visit a person in hospital who has COVID-19?
COVID-19 spreads very easily. We are doing everything we can to protect you and the people around you.
You can stay in contact by phoning or using social media or video chat.
Why isn’t everyone with COVID-19 admitted to hospital?
People with COVID-19 only need to go to hospital if they get very sick.
Many people who get COVID-19 have relatively mild symptoms, like a bad cold.
Most people recover fully at home without needing to go to hospital.
If there is a patient with COVID-19 in hospital, are other patients and visitors at risk?
The number one priority for staff at our hospitals is the health and safety of themselves, patients and other people in the hospital.
Staff are well trained and experienced in caring for patients with illnesses like COVID-19, that can spread easily from person to person.
Hospital patients with COVID-19, are kept away from other patients and public areas of the hospital, and strict infection control measures are used.
The risk of the virus spreading from a patient in hospital to other people is lower than it would be in the community.
To stop COVID-19 spreading in the hospital, our staff take many steps.
- COVID-19 patients are cared for in separate isolation rooms or wards, away from other patients. They have separate bathrooms and toilets.
- COVID-19 patients only leave their rooms if its essential. If they need to leave their room this is planned and managed safely to protect others.
- Only authorised people are permitted to enter isolation rooms or wards.
- Staff caring for COVID-19 patients must wear personal protective equipment (face masks, eyewear, gowns and gloves), and must be trained and experienced in using this.
- Visitors are restricted. Visitors who are permitted to visit patients with COVID-19 must wear personal protective equipment.
- Staff are careful with what goes in and what comes out of the isolation rooms. All items taken out of the rooms are either cleaned and disinfected, or discarded.
- All staff, patients and visitors are screened for COVID-19 symptoms and risk on entry to hospital.