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Changes to visiting

03 November 2021


Our hospital has suspended visiting on inpatient wards due to rising COVID-19 levels.

No visitors will be permitted in ward areas of the hospital, with a few exceptions as follows:

  • One person can visit a vulnerable patient, including those with learning disabilities, autism or dementia.
  • One person/carer can visit a child on a children’s ward.
  • A partner can visit a patient on our maternity ward.
  • One person can visit a patient receiving end-of-life care

Visits for these groups of patients must be pre-arranged with the nurse in charge on the ward.

The decision to suspend visiting to inpatient wards has been implemented by Trusts across Norfolk and Waveney, and takes effect from Wednesday, 3 November.

It isn’t a move we take lightly as we know how it can impact on patients and their families. However, protecting our patients and staff has to be our top priority and we must do all we can to minimise the spread of the virus.

We will, of course, keep the situation under regular review, working with our public health colleagues and system partners. 

If patients have an appointment or are booked in for an operation/procedure, they should attend as planned – and should be mindful of public health advice at all times:

•           Wash your hands

•           Wear a face covering in the hospital

•           Keep your distance from others

 A photograph of the main entrance at the James Paget, with doors labelled 'emergency department entrance' and 'main hospital entrance'. It is sunny and there is blue sky above the building.