Visiting now allowed at weekends at Oxford University Hospitals

Following a successful trial of relaxing visiting restrictions during the week, OUH are now allowing visitors to hospitals at weekends too.

From Saturday 18 July, Oxford University Hospitals will be extending the ‘rule of one’ visiting to apply seven days a week.

The same rules outlined in previous visiting regulations news will apply for the weekend as they do during the week – that is one visitor, for one hour, per patient, once a day.

One hour slots will be booked in advance by staff on the ward, who will contact the patients named next of kin to arrange the appointment.  Full details including time slots, full guidance, and what to expect when you are visiting are available on the OUH website.

Some patients will have different arrangements, such as women in labour, child patients, patients at the end of their life, and patients with learning difficulties, and visiting is still not allowed on wards where we are treating patients with COVID-19, and patients are expected to attend our outpatient departments unaccompanied.

Patients attending the Emergency Departments and Emergency Assessment Units are also expected to be unaccompanied unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Sam Foster, Chief Nursing Officer at the Trust, said:

“We have been really pleased to welcome visitors back to our hospitals.  It’s been lovely to have their support for their loved ones while they’re under our care, and it’s a really important part of our patients’ recovery.  Now, following our successful trial of the ‘rule of one’, we are extending visiting hours to include the weekends too.  We will still have measures to keep our patients and visitors safe, and this may mean that your experience is a little different to normal.  We will keep this under review and would like to thank everyone in advance for their continued patience and understanding.”

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