Changes to visiting restrictions from Wednesday 25 August

We are revising our visiting policy so we can continue to keep our patients, visitors and staff as safe as possible, and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

From Wednesday 25 August we are reducing the number of visitors adult inpatients can have during an inpatient stay from three named visitors to one named visitor.

Visiting and appointment information for maternity services remain unchanged.

From Wednesday 25 August, visiting is only allowed as follows:

  • Adult inpatientsone named person per patient for the duration of the inpatient stay. They may visit once a day for a maximum of one hour between 11am and 7pm. 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. 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.

Please do not visit if you or someone in your household has symptoms of Coronavirus or if you have recently had contact with someone with COVID-19


  • a new, persistent cough
  • a high temperature (37.8 degrees centigrade or higher)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

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.

Our visiting page also includes ways we can help you stay in touch when you can’t visit in person.

We realise that these times can be distressing for patients and their loved ones, and we are sorry that we must restrict visits to hospital to protect patients and staff from COVID-19. We would like to thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding during what continues to be challenging time.

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Last updated: October 6, 2021