Update to Inpatient Visiting Arrangements and Outpatient Appointments

At Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, patients are supported to receive one visitor per day lasting a maximum of one hour between 2pm – 3pm or 6pm – 7pm (seven days per week).

Arrangements will need to be made in advance between the ward area and the visitor. Please be aware that some specific wards still have visiting restrictions in place and are not accepting visitors, so please do contact the ward in advance.

Ward areas will keep a list of hospital visitors’ names and contact details, to aid the NHS Test and Trace teams if contact tracing is indicated.

In order to gain access to the ward, all visitors are required to provide evidence of a negative rapid lateral flow test. This means testing themselves prior to attending the hospital and demonstrating the negative test before entering the ward area.

If the above times do not suit the ward or visitor and patients requirements then alternative timings can be made - however the above principles still apply.

Visiting is not permitted in our Emergency Departments

Please note that the following exceptions apply:

Adult Inpatient Visiting - patients with additional support needs: 

  • Extended visiting for up to a maximum of 2 nominated people from the patients bubble for patients receiving End of Life Care.
  • Extended visiting to one nominated person from the patients bubble to provide carers support to patients with additional needs, including patients with a cognitive impairment / learning disability / autism / visual / auditory impairment / language barriers.

Emergency Department:

Please note: The Emergency Department is not an inpatient area.
There is no general visiting for the Emergency Department.
Patients with additional support needs may be accompanied by a single carer, and two visitors are permitted for patients receiving end of life care.‚Äč

Children’s Assessment Unit and Children's Day Case Visiting:

  • One parent / guardian can be present with their child so long as they are part of the family bubble. You can read our full Children’s Assessment Unit and Children's Day Case Visiting Guidance here .  

Children’s Ward Visiting:

  • Both parents / guardians can be present with their child so long as they are part of the family bubble. You can read our full Children’s Ward Visiting Guidance  here .

Maternity Unit Visiting:

  • Two birthing partners can be in attendance for labour and birth on Delivery Suite / Birth Centre.
  • One named partner can provide support on the Maternity Wards at all times.
  • One support partner can attend all hospital outpatient appointments and all scans.
  • Maternity Unit Visiting Guidance available here .
  • All pregnant women and people, including their support partners are required to arrange their own lateral flow test 24 hours before they come to attend any early pregnancy or antenatal appointment, ultrasound scan or consultation both in the hospital and community settings. Read the full Lateral Flow update here .

Neonatal Unit Visiting:

  • Both parents can be present with their child so long as they are part of the family bubble.
  • Neonatal Unit Visiting Guidance available here .
  • All women including their support partners are asked to arrange their own lateral flow test 24 hours before they come to attend any neonatal appointment. Read the full Lateral Flow update here .

All visitors must continue to comply with Government guidelines with regards to social distancing and hand hygiene practices. All visitors, unless exempt, must also wear a face covering and any PPE that the clinical area recommends and demonstrate lateral flow testing on arrival to the ward/units to ensure any risks associate with not having symptoms are managed. Lateral flow tests can be obtained free from pharmacies or ordered online via the Government website. .

Outpatient appointments

  • Patients should attend outpatient appointments alone to reduce the spread of infection.
    • When patients are unable to attend alone, for example require carers support, including patients with a cognitive impairment/ learning disability/ autism/ visual/ auditory impairment/language barriers, one person from the patients bubble may accompany the patient to the appointment.
  • If patients are concerned that the outpatient appointment could potentially involve the delivery of upsetting/distressing news, for example test results or diagnosis, this can be discussed with the nursing team in the department prior to the appointment, and arrangements made for one person from the patients bubble to accompany them.
  • Accompanying family members/relatives/loved ones must NOT attend the hospital if they meet any of the visitor exclusion criteria including; Covid-19 symptoms, are Covid positive or are required to self-isolate.
  • All visitors are required to adhere to the Infection Control guidance displayed in the hospital. This includes observing strict 2 metre social distancing principles, the use of face masks and adhering to strict hand hygiene on entering and leaving the hospital and clinical areas.
  • If visitors are unable to wear masks due to medical reasons, please consider if visiting the hospital is absolutely necessary and if so please inform the staff

A small number of people are unable to wear masks due to underlying medical conditions. We ask our staff to promote good infection prevention practice and as such visitors not wearing a mask will be asked, using a polite approach, why this is. Please do not be offended if you are asked on more than one occasion, the staff are aiming to prevent the spread of infection.

Our staff are authorised to deny access to visitors who refuse to comply with infection control requirements including self-testing and mask-wearing. Where visitors provide evidence of medical exemption from mask-wearing, access will be granted at the discretion of staff on duty. 

Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this challenging time.

We will review these arrangements on a regular basis and in the context of the environment we are providing care in.