Ashford and St Peters Hospitals implement visiting restrictions to protect patients and staff from the COVID-19 outbreak

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Please note this information comes from Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals directly.


To protect patients, visitors and staff, the Trust has taken the decision today (Tuesday 17th March) to immediately restrict visiting to all inpatient areas at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals until further notice. This will reduce the number of people passing through the hospital and offer the maximum opportunity to reduce transmission of COVID-19.

The new visiting agreement is as follows:

  • Essential visitors only (immediate family or main carer)
  • Only one visitor per patient per day
  • No children are permitted to visit
  • Visits should last no more than one hour
  • Visiting to only take place between 6pm & 8pm
  • Anyone with cold or flu symptoms, persistent cough or raised temperature must not visit

The exceptions to this will be visitors to patients receiving end of life care, patients in intensive care, babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, children in paediatrics and birth partners on the maternity wards.

Ashford and St Peter’s Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Glynis Bennet said;

To protect yourself, and patients, please practice excellent hand hygiene; wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds and use the hand gel on the wards. You should also avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and use and then bin tissues if you cough or sneeze. Thorough hand washing will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

We would like to thank all patients and visitors for their support, patience and co-operation. We appreciate these restrictions and measures will cause concern but our focus is to maintain patient safety and prevent spread of infection. If you’d like further information, please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) by phone – 01932 723553 or email – [email protected].

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Stay at Home Guidance

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and / or a high temperature. For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection.

  • Read more about the “Stay at Home” guidance on the Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals’ Coronavirus webpage

Advice for those with appointments at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals

Patients should continue to attend their appointment as usual unless they have specific concerns around COVID-19 or have returned from one the countries listed as having a higher risk of Coronavirus. In this case they should call NHS 111 or access the online coronavirus service for advice.

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