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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Visiting restrictions

In line with the Government's strict new rules announced on Monday 23 March to help reduce the spread of infection, we have suspended visiting to our hospitals with immediate effect.

Exceptions can be made on compassionate grounds, including vulnerable patients with dementia or learning disabilities, patients with a key carer, patients receiving end-of-life care, neonatal and labour wards and children's services. These exceptions must be pre-arranged with the matron or nurse in charge. Please strictly follow hygiene and distancing advice, regularly washing your hands and using alcohol gel.

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Visitors to our children's wards are restricted to one immediate family member or carer on the ward at any one time, with a maximum of two agreed visitors in total. We ask that siblings do not visit our children's wards. 

Emergency departments

Those coming into either our adult or children's emergency departments can be accompanied by a maximum of one family member, friend or carer.


If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you should not attend your appointment. Visit for the latest advice. If you need to cancel your appointment please call the telephone number on your appointment letter.

Unless we have contacted you to cancel or change your appointment, please attend as planned.

Some outpatient clinics may switch from face to face to telephone or video conferencing. If this is suitable for your appointment you will be contacted. Please note that telephone calls may appear on your phone as an 'unknown' number: please answer as this could be a member of staff trying to reach you.

St Michael's Hospital

If you are having your baby at St Michael's Hospital, please note only one birthing partner who is symptom free and who has not been self isolating is permitted. Additional restrictions are in place. Please contact the hospital or your midwife for guidance. 



You must not visit in any circumstances if you have a new persistent cough or high temperature.

Thank you for helping us keep our patients, staff and community safe.

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Updated: 30/03/20