Latest visiting restrictions by hospital

To help us keep our patients, staff and visitors safe, stop the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), visiting restrictions are in place – please see click here for the latest information

Visiting restrictions during the Coronavirus outbreak

To help us keep our patients, staff and visitors safe, and to stop the spread of Coronavirus, visiting restrictions are in place. The following is subject to change and may differ from ward to ward. It will be for the matron or nurse in charge of the ward or area to agree how visiting arrangements can be met. Please contact the ward or area for the most up to date details. We ask for your cooperation to help us allow visiting for as many patients and families as possible.

Please bear with us, we are experiencing a high number of calls at the moment, so it may take you a little longer to get through. We are working to rectify this.

Please check below, the latest visiting restrictions for the hospital you wish to visit:

All visitors need to book in advance and wear a face covering for the duration of their visit. 

Our overriding priority is to protect you, our staff and our community. This means that when you visit, there will be some new protection measures in place. We ask for your support in keeping everyone safe:

  • You should not come into hospital if you have Covid-19 symptoms or any health concerns
  • If you are in an at-risk group (anyone over 70, who has an underlying health condition, is pregnant or shielding) you are advised not to visit
  • Face coverings should be worn at all times when you are inside the hospital. For further information about face coverings, click here.
  • Please enter and leave through the main hospital entrance only
  • Clean your hands with the alcohol gel provided when entering and leaving the hospital and the ward
  • Please bring as few bags, coats and other loose belongings with you as possible
  • Please stay at least two metres away from other people at all times
  • You may be asked to leave the ward during your visit. This may be because your relative or another patient requires treatment or if an emergency occurs

We recommend that you use digital services such as Facetime, Skype, Zoom and WhatsApp to stay in touch with loved ones during their hospital stay, to minimise the risk of spreading or contracting the virus. We have tablets (with Zoom available) on our wards for use by patients who do not have a smartphone or other mobile device.

Do not visit if you show symptoms of coronavirus

Anyone showing symptoms of coronavirus should not visit, even if these symptoms are mild or intermittent.

Virtual visiting to keep patients connected

Patients in hospitals in East Sussex can  now video call their loved ones. Tablets are available for use by patients who don’t have their own device for making and receiving calls and are being used at Conquest Hospital, Eastbourne DGH, Bexhill Hospital, Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital and Firwood House. Family members will need to have zoom accounts set up and will need to provide their meeting ID and password to allow a meeting to be arranged. Visits can be arranged by emailing esht.patientmailbox@nhs.net.