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New visiting rules at the Oxford University Hospitals (the John Radcliffe, Churchill, Horton and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre).

 If you want to visit a patient at any of the above hospitals, please note the following.

From Monday 29 June , the hospitals will be following the ‘rule of one’ – one visitor per patient for one hour per day.

Visitors will be able to visit one ward and must use designated entrances at the hospitals, and face coverings must be worn at all times in line with Government guidance.

One hour slots will be booked in advance by staff on the ward, who will contact patients’ next of kin to arrange the appointment

For women who are giving birth, they can still have one birth partner only. Other areas in maternity should follow the one hour rule.

For child patients (up to 17 years old) – one parent or guardian for as long as required, but no siblings - as previously.

Patients with learning disabilities are allowed, as before, to have a carer to support them.

For patients at the end of life – arrangements as agreed with the ward manager or nurse.

Intensive care units - arrangements as agreed with the ward manager or nurse.

Visiting is not allowed in the following areas :

Outpatient departments;

Wards where they are treating patients with COVID-19;

Emergency Departments and Emergency Assessment Units.

Exceptional circumstances will require case-by-case assessment, including child patients, patients with learning disabilities, designated carers, and people who can’t make decisions for themselves. These will be considered on an individual basis. For other guidance please find some frequently asked questions at

The system will be for a trial period to assess the benefits and demands, and will be reviewed regularly. As soon as anything changes, we will be informed.

Nikki Rycroft · Mon 29 Jun 2020, 09:24 · Link

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