Visiting Policy

Visiting Policy

Parents

 

Parents have unrestricted access to the Neonatal Unit 24 hours a day. They can be with their baby at any time of day or night and for as long as they wish. The Neonatal Unit is secure to protect babies and their families, access will be given via use of an intercom entry system.

Siblings

 

24 hour visiting for siblings when accompanied by parents. Please make sure that siblings are supervised at all times.

Grandparents

 

To be accompanied by a parent unless otherwise stated by parents.

Family and Friends

To be accompanied by a parent.

No. of visitors

 

X2 visitors per cot at any time. One parent to be present unless stated otherwise with parental permission.

Restrictions

 

Only babies siblings to visit. No other children under 16 can visit the Neonatal Unit.

Hygiene and Infection Prevention

Handwashing stations are situated inside the entrance doors to the Neonatal Unit.

 

Please remove your outdoor coats and hang them on the coat pegs outside reception. Please take any valuables out of your coat and take them with you onto the Unit.

Visiting if you are unwell

Infections poses a great risk to a premature or sick baby so if you are a parent and feel unwell you must enquire from the nurse looking after your baby if it is safe for you to come and see your baby.

No other visitors can visit if they are unwell.

Infectious diseases - for example chickenpox, measles, mumps...
With these types of disease, a person can have the infection and infect others before they show any symptoms themselves. Therefore if parents (or other visitors) have come in contact with anyone who has an infectious disease, it is very important that you talk to your baby's nurse or doctor about the risks this poses to yourself and your baby before you travel to the hospital.

The decision to allow visiting will depend upon individual circumstances.