Introduction of masks for visitors and outpatients across UHS sites


In line with government guidance visitors and outpatients must now wear a face covering or face mask, unless exeptions apply, when they attend University Hospital Southampton sites.

Visitors who attend and wear their own face covering should continue to wear these during their visit. Those visitors without their own face covering will be given a surgical mask to wear for the duration of their visit.

UHS has already begun rolling out these measures ahead of the guidance being implemented across the country from Monday, 15 June.

Visitors and outpatients will be provided with a surgical mask on entering the designated entrances at Southampton General Hospital and Princess Anne Hospital.

It is essential that face masks are worn correctly, not touched when on and changed when required.  

PLEASE REMEMBER: Masks alone will not protect against COVID19.  It is important to maintain two metre social distancing measures and carry out regular hand hygiene.

Visitors and outpatients are reminded that restrictions remain in place around UHS sites

All patients and visitors will be asked about health and coronavirus symptoms before being permitted access into the hospitals.

Patients attending an appointment will also be asked to provide the appointment letter before being allowed to access the site.

Patients should not arrive early for appointments. If arriving by car, any accompanying persons that aren’t required for mobility purposes should wait in the car.

Checkpoints will be manned by staff and in operation at relevant entrances. Visitors should maintain social distancing while waiting in a queue for screening before entry into the trust.

The primary entrances for all patients/visitors will be the main entrance to Southampton General and main pedestrian entrance and ambulance entrance to the Princess Anne.

Other entry points remaining open will only admit patients for that particular service and will be the eye unit/eye casualty and radiotherapy.

These entrances will also have checkpoints screening visitors.

The emergency department entrance will remain open as usual for patients requiring emergency care. Please note that if you have a minor injury, please do not attend our ED at University Hospital Southampton. Instead, if you need urgent, non-emergency care, please visit Royal South Hants Urgent Treatment Centre or Lymington Urgent Treatment Centre

Posted on Monday 15 June 2020