June 2022: Hospital Visiting Updates

Swansea Bay University Health Board are happy to announce that they are now able to begin relaxing visiting restrictions.
They know visitors are important and benefit patients’ health and wellbeing, but we also recognise that risks, do, unfortunately, remain to those that are vulnerable within our care. For this reason a phased reintroduction is planned.
The visiting details below mainly focus on acute hospital sites of Morriston, Singleton and Neath Port Talbot hospitals, and Gorseinon Hospital, in regard to adult services.
SBUHB also have nationally adopted visiting arrangements for Maternity Services and local arrangements for Neonatal and Paediatrics and Mental Health and Learning Disabilities. Please see their website.
Guidance on attendance at outpatients and diagnostic appointments have their own requirements, which are included with appointment letters.
It is still very important that all measures are taken to prevent the spread of infection within hospitals and with the support of staff, patients and visitors; we can reduce the risks by following the steps below.
  •  Visiting will be accommodated for at least one hour per day (in the short term) across seven days per week.

  • A maximum of two visitors permitted at any one time

  • Visiting times will initially be between 1pm to 3pm and 6 pm to 8pm. Please contact the ward direct to notify your intention to visit so staff have an opportunity to manage the number of people within the environment.

  • We also ask that visitors remain patient and understanding to the needs of the clinical areas within the hospitals, as staff also need to re adjust to visitors present within wards and departments.

  • No one feeling unwell should visit

  • Visitors must wash or sanitise their hands with alcohol gel on entry and exit from the ward or department, plus wash their hands if they give patients any assistance during the visit. This is very important to support reduction in the spread of infection.

  • Circulation around the hospital site should still be limited to areas only needing to be accessed on that visit.

  • Face Coverings: Visitors may be asked to wear a surgical facemask when vising parts of the hospital site. This may be due to an area being a high-risk area or a patient with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 or respiratory infection.

  • When face-to-face visits are not practical then virtual visits and phone calls can still be facilitated within the clinical areas.