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Updated local visiting guidance

8th June 2022
Updated visiting arrangements

Click on the link below for each area’s information: 

Royal Victoria Hospital, Mater Infirmorum Hospital, Belfast City Hospital and Musgrave Park Hospital

Children’s Hospital

Maternity services


Local visiting arrangements: Royal Victoria Hospital, Mater Infirmorum Hospital, Belfast City Hospital and Musgrave Park Hospital

Belfast Trust continues to review visiting arrangements to ensure the safety of patients, their relatives and staff while valuing the real benefits that visiting brings to patients and their loved ones while in our care.

Wednesday 8 June 2022 visiting arrangements will be as follows:

  • Where possible, virtual visiting remains the preferred option as this reduces the risk of spread of Covid-19. Virtual visiting may be booked through:
    • The Patient Liaison Service via the Trust Switchboard 028 90240503
    • Requesting at ward level
  • One of three nominated visitors can visit twice per day for an hour throughout the patient’s stay in hospital.
  • Wards/ departments will continue to operate a booking system for all visitors through the Nurse in Charge.
  • You must not visit any of our facilities if you are unwell or have any symptoms of Covid-19 or are a known contact of someone with COVID-19
  • Before each visit, please support us by taking a home Lateral Flow Test (LFT) these tests are free of charge from community pharmacies.
  • Please support us by continuing to wear a face-covering while you are in our facilities. Some wards may ask you to replace your face covering with a surgical mask or a visor during your visit, which will be provided.
  • Please note these arrangements are subject to change for instance if a ward or department are in outbreak. If you require any further information, please speak to the Nurse in Charge of the relevant ward/department.

The Trust will continue to facilitate additional visiting in special circumstances:

  • Vulnerable patients – where an advocate is required.
  • Older patients – where an advocate is required.
  • End of life care.
  • Inpatients in the Children’s Hospital.
  • Inpatients in the Maternity Hospital.

For further information on visiting please visit the Department of Health’s website here.


Local visiting arrangements: Royal Hospital for Sick Children

Belfast Trust continues to review visiting arrangements to ensure the safety of patients, their relatives and staff while valuing the real benefits that visiting brings to patients and their loved ones while in our care.

Wednesday 8 June 2022 visiting arrangements will be as follows:

  • Care Partner arrangements – two parents will continue to be allowed to visit/ stay with their child or young person at one time across all ward areas
  • Following the completion of a risk assessment a third adult nominated person will be allowed to visit for one hour per day. When this cannot be facilitated this will be discussed with the family and kept under review
  • Wards/ departments will continue to operate a booking system for all visitors through the Nurse in Charge.
  • You must not visit any of our facilities if you are unwell or have any symptoms of Covid-19 or are a known contact of someone with COVID-19
  • Before each visit, please support us by taking a home Lateral Flow Test (LFT) these tests are free of charge from community pharmacies.
  • Please support us by continuing to wear a face-covering while you are in our facilities. Some wards may ask you to replace your face covering with a surgical mask or a visor during your visit, which will be provided.
  • Please note these arrangements are subject to change for instance if a ward or department are in outbreak. If you require any further information, please speak to the Nurse in Charge of the relevant ward/department.

The Trust will continue to facilitate additional visiting in special circumstances.

For further information on visiting please visit the Department of Health’s website here.


Local visiting arrangements: Royal Jubilee Maternity Service

Belfast Trust continues to review visiting arrangements to ensure the safety of patients, their relatives and staff while valuing the real benefits that visiting brings to patients and their loved ones while in our care.

Wednesday 8 June 2022 visiting arrangements will be as follows:

Visiting in our inpatient wards

One of two nominated visitors for up to 3 hours per day between the hours of 2 – 4pm and 7- 8pm for Ward areas

You must not visit any of our facilities if you are unwell or have any symptoms of Covid-19 or are a known contact of someone with COVID-19

Before each visit, please support us by taking a home Lateral Flow Test (LFT) these tests are free of charge from community pharmacies.

Scan and antenatal appointments

  • One partner may accompany a woman attending the following:
  • Early Pregnancy Unit
  • booking scan
  • anomaly scan
  • fetal medicine scan
  • antenatal appointments
  • We adhere to 1 metre social distancing in our outpatient settings – in particular, the waiting areas. You are welcome to bring your partner to all appointments, please be aware that you may be asked to wait outside the building until seating becomes available. We would ask you to consider attending antenatal appointments on your own if you can
  • Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your allocated appointment time
  • If your antenatal appointment is on same day as your GTT your partner may only accompany you to your antenatal appointment and will be phoned to come in to join you
  • When attending Maternity Assessment Unit, partners will be asked to wait outside the building until the woman is moving into the assessment room
  • We cannot welcome children at this time

Induction of Labour 

  • One birth partner can accompany women within the induction of labour area. For privacy reasons, partners cannot stay at night

 Labour and Birth

  • All women giving birth in RJMS can now have up to two birth partners in delivery suite/Active Birthing Centre if they wish. Birth partners are considered to be hospital visitors and will be asked to take a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) test before attending
  • You and your birthing partner will be asked screening questions on entering the maternity building
  • Women admitted to the maternity service to have a COVID-19 swab test. This helps to ensure that women and staff in our hospital are safe

Neonatal Unit

  • Arrangements are in place to allow two parents or designated carers access to the Neo-Natal Unit.

Please support us by continuing to wear a face-covering while you are in our facilities. Some wards may ask you to replace your face covering with a surgical mask or a visor during your visit, which will be provided.

Please note these arrangements are subject to change for instance if a ward or department are in outbreak. If you require any further information, please speak to the Nurse in Charge of the relevant ward/department.

The Trust will continue to facilitate additional visiting in special circumstances.

For further information on visiting please visit the Department of Health’s website here.