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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 at Eastbourne DGH

To help us keep our patients, staff and visitors safe, stop the spread of Coronavirus and keep our hospitals running, visiting restrictions are in place and visiting is subject to change at short notice.

Please ensure that you contact the ward to find out what local arrangements are in place.

Typically, the latest rules for visiting our general inpatient wards at Eastbourne DGH are:

  • One visitor per patient, per day for a maximum of one hour, between 2.00pm and 7.00pm*
  • Visits must be pre-booked by phoning – Tel: 0300 131 4500 and asking for the ward you wish to visit or visiting our Wards at Eastbourne DGH page where some individual Ward direct dial numbers are available.
  • Visiting will still be restricted for those self-isolating in protected areas before and after planned surgery, those who are shielding or deemed clinically vulnerable. This is to protect them from infection
  • Children under 16 are not allowed to visit, except in exceptional circumstances, which you should discuss with the nurse in charge

* A second additional visitor may be permitted for patients receiving end-of-life care, please contact the matron or nurse in charge.

All visitors need to wear a face covering for the duration of their visit. Visit our Face coverings and masks page for further information.

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. Visit our Face coverings and masks page for further information.
  • 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.

Visiting restrictions (non coronavirus related)

Occasionally it may be necessary to restrict visiting to a ward because of a risk of infection such as Norovirus or COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Please visit the Visiting restrictions page for the latest information