Changes to visiting restrictions

New national guidance has recently been issued on visitors to healthcare inpatient settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visiting is still limited at NDDH and South Molton to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Our staff can support patients and their families to stay in contact by using other methods such as video calls, letter printing etc instead, where possible. Please contact our patient experience team for more information at

From Monday 12 April, visiting is only allowed as follows:

  • Adult inpatients may have one named visitor who may visit for one hour each day between 11am and 7 pm each day, for the duration of the inpatient stay. Appointments to visit must be booked in advance by contacting the appropriate ward at least one day prior to visiting.
  • If there are specific reasons of safety – Dementia or learning disability where anxiety would be increased significantly.
  • Inpatients under the age of 18 years old – One parent/guardian only (both parents are permitted in the special care baby unit). When social distancing can be safely maintained, for example at quiet times, both parents/guardians may be able to visit – this is at the discretion of the nurse in charge.
  • At outpatient and diagnostic appointments where a patient may need emotional support they can be accompanied by one person from the same household or support bubble.
  • Admission areas e.g. ED/MAU/SAU will have the discretion to allow one person to accompany the patient to ensure the correct patient history etc is obtained.
  • A patient receiving end-of-life care can be supported by up to four named visitors from the same household or support bubble.

All visitors to NDDH or South Molton hospital must follow our visiting guidance available here  and ensure they follow all social distancing, PPE and handwashing rules.

More information, including information about alternatives to visiting, can be found here on our visiting page.

Updates to maternity support person restrictions

In line with national guidance, from Monday 12 April, we will be easing maternity support person restrictions across NDHT. While restrictions will still be in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, we understand how important support is for women and their support person and so our careful and COVID-19 secure approach will help us to limit the transmission of the virus and keep women and their babies’ safe.

From Monday 12 April 2021:

  • One support person can accompany pregnant women to any scans, hospital antenatal consultant appointments, and day assessment unit appointments. The support person must remain outside the Ladywell Unit until called in, which may mean waiting outdoors or in your car.
  • Community midwifery antenatal and postnatal appointments – please continue to attend alone
  • If a woman is being cared for in Labour Ward, they can have one support person with them.
  • If a woman is being induced, they can have a support person with them between the hours of 9am to 8pm – our staff will continue to contact partners and ask them to attend the unit if, due to pain or distress, support is required outside of these times.
  • One support person may make an appointment with ward staff to visit Bassett Ward during the hours of 9am-8pm. This nominated support person should be the only person who visits throughout the inpatient stay. Please note that children cannot visit at this time.

We have worked closely with our Devon-wide Local Maternity System (LMNS) and in collaboration with the Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) to ensure that the views of our local families have been heard, considered, and incorporated into our decision making wherever possible.

We will continue to review our current restrictions, in partnership with the LMNS and MVP, so that we remain in line with the changing guidance and can continue to best support women and their babies.

We are unable to answer any individual comments at this time (including via social media), but if you have any specific concerns about your maternity care, please speak to your midwife.

These updated visiting restrictions will be in place from Monday 12 April 2021. Even under these circumstances, people should not visit if they are displaying COVID-19 symptoms or should be self-isolating because they live with someone who has symptoms.

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Last updated: April 16, 2021