Coronavirus: Hospitals across southern England impose visitor restrictions

Southampton General Hospital

Some hospitals across the south of England are restricting visitors as the coronavirus pandemic escalates.

Some, like Royal Berkshire Hospital, are allowing one visitor per patient while others, like Southampton General Hospital, will only allow visiting if permitted by the nurse-in-charge.

The advice differs between hospitals and wards so visitors should check specific rules before they go.

In many cases children are not allowed to visit.

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  • Royal Berkshire Hospital is permitting one visitor per patient, unless the patient is receiving end-of-life care. The visitor must be an immediate family member or a carer.
  • Frimley Park, Heatherwood and Wexham Park hospitals are encouraging remote means of contact such as phone calls, and will only allow immediate family members or carers as visitors.


  • At Poole General Hospital and Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals only essential visits are being allowed, such as a patient's main carer, or birthing partner. Children have been told to avoid the hospitals altogether.
  • Dorset County Hospital will be restricting visiting times to one hour between 15:00 and 20:00 GMT, and limiting visitors to one per patient, apart from on children's and neonatal wards where two adult visitors per patient will be permitted.
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Isle of Wight:

  • St Mary's Hospital is limiting people to only essential visiting which has been arranged with the ward manager.


This story was updated on 20 March 2020 after University Hospital Southampton Trust updated its guidance to visitors.

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