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Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.

Hospital visiting - Updated 16/11/20

New visiting restrictions

To ensure patient, staff and visitor safety, visiting arrangements have changed due to recent developments during the COVID-19 outbreak.  This applies to the following hospitals:

  • Beatson
  • Dykebar
  • Glasgow Royal Infirmary
  • Gartnavel Hospitals
  • Inverclyde Royal Hospital
  • Leverndale
  • Lightburn
  • New Victoria Hospital
  • Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
  • Royal Alexandra Hospital
  • Royal Hospital for Children
  • Stobhill Hospital
  • Vale of Leven Hospital

Regardless of the arrangements outlined below, it is essential you do not visit if you have a persistent cough, loss of taste or smell, flu like symptoms or fever.

Restrictions for local authorities in Tier 3

If you live in the following Greater Glasgow and Clyde local authority areas you should avoid visiting hospitals outwith your area, except for essential visits. 

  • East Dunbartonshire
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Glasgow City
  • Inverclyde
  • Renfrewshire
  • West Dunbartonshire

Special Arrangements

Special arrangements will be made to accommodate the following essential visitors:

  • One birthing partner supporting a woman during hospital visits
  • Parents of children who are inpatients or attending an outpatient appointment. Parents must remain with their child at all times
  • One person to support someone with a mental health issue such as dementia, a learning disability or autism where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed
  • One family member/person for someone receiving end of life care.

Where it is assessed by the clinical team as safe to do so one designated visitor may be possible in some hospital areas. This is dependent on individual ward circumstance and that of each individual patient and may be subject to change on a daily basis.

All arrangements MUST be made through the nurse in charge of the ward.

  • Children MUST NOT visit
  • All visitors MUST wash their hands or use hand sanitiser when entering and leaving clinical areas
  • Face covering MUST be worn
  • As you cannot visit in person, please use technology such as social media and phone calls to stay in touch.

It is essential you do not visit if you have a persistent cough, flu like symptoms or fever. 

Alternative Arrangements

Virtual Visiting

If you cannot visit in person, please use technology such as social media and phone calls to stay in touch. If the person you want to speak to does not have access to their own phone or tablet, please contact [email protected] to access our Person Centred Virtual Visiting service. Further information about this service is available here.

Give & Go Service

If you cannot visit your loved one in hospital, you can still drop off items for them using the Give & Go service which is available at a few of our hospitals.  For more details, see our Give & Go page.

Thank you for your understanding. 

When should you visit?

It is very important for the health and wellbeing of patients and staff that you do not visit f you have been feeling unwell in any way or have symptoms of COVID-19. This includes  f you have a persistent coughflu-like symptomsfever or loss of taste or smell

What next?

When guided by the Scottish Government, these restrictions will be revised and altered depending on the outbreak status of the virus and any outbreak within the hospital and local community. 

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Last Updated: 16 November 2020