Visiting restrictions - essential visitors only

To help us keep our patients, staff and visitors safe, stop the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and keep our hospitals running, we are restricting visiting to essential visitors only – click here for more information

Visiting restrictions

Visiting restrictions - essential visitors only

To help us keep our patients, staff and visitors safe, stop the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and keep our hospitals running, we are restricting visiting to essential visitors only. We are asking that people don’t visit our hospitals, with the exception of:

  • One visitor to a patient in a critical condition who may be at the end of their life
  • One parent or guardian visiting a child or accompanying them to an appointment
  • One birthing partner in labour wards only
  • One carer for a patient with additional needs that cannot be met by hospital staff (eg. BSL or d/Deaf Blind interpreter, dementia support, carers etc)

We ask for the public’s help in respecting these rules.

If you are visiting a loved one, please see ward visiting times

We know how important it is for our patients to have visitors and we would encourage visitors to use a phone or video call to keep in touch with loved ones at our hospitals.

iPads and Samsung tablets available to keep patients connected

Patients in hospitals in East Sussex can make video calls with their loved ones, thanks to kind donations of around 50 iPads and Samsung tablets from the local community. The donated 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.

Please talk to the ward about using the tablets to contact your loved one.

Please note

If you are travelling from a long distance away or are making a special journey to visit someone in one of our hospitals which has ward visiting restrictions, please contact the hospital by telephone first, before you set off, to get the latest news about all restricted wards.

We provide this service at

Bexhill Hospital

Holliers Hill, Bexhill-on-Sea
East Sussex, TN40 2DZ
0300 131 4500

Conquest Hospital

The Ridge, St Leonards-on-Sea
East Sussex, TN37 7RD
0300 131 4500

Eastbourne District General Hospital

Kings Drive, Eastbourne
East Sussex, BN21 2UD
0300 131 4500

Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital

Peasmarsh Road, Rye
East Sussex, TN31 7UD
(01797) 224499