Visiting arrangements

Visiting arrangements

We are currently welcoming visitors to our wards at Royal Bolton Hospital using an online booking service.

If you can’t see your ward, please contact our switchboard where our team will help put you in touch with the ward manager.

Keeping everyone safe

Whilst you’re with us for a visit, you must follow a few simple safety measures:

  • Please do not visit if you are unwell – in particular with signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • You will need to wear a face mask or face covering once you enter the ward/department. Please speak to the ward staff if you have a medical exemption for wearing a mask or face covering
  • We are allowing two visitors each day but only one at the bedside at any time in order to maintain social distancing
  • Children are permitted to visit but under the supervision of an adult and will be considered one of the two visitors
  • We are allowing each patient one hour of visiting each day.

We understand how important it is to have support during pregnancy, so as we get back to normal we are pleased to return to welcoming:

  • One visitor to antenatal appointments and scans
  • Two birth partners are allowed to attend the Delivery Suite
  • Women accessing Maternity Triage will be allowed one named visitor

Inpatient wards (M2, M4, M5)

  • One named person will be able to visit between 9am and 9pm, with quiet time between 1pm and 3pm
  • Sibling visits will take place at 6.30pm-8pm
  • Two visitors will be allowed at any one time between 6.30pm-8pm

Finding more information

You can visit the My Birth, My Choice website for detailed information about COVID and pregnancy, including antenatal information in a number of different languages.

The site has a wealth of information and signposts to a number of useful support organisations during pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Visiting to other areas continues to be suspended unless in the following circumstances:

  • A maximum of two visitors for a patient who is receiving end of life care unless in exceptional circumstances and by agreement
  • A maximum of two parents/carers or appropriate adults may stay in hospital with a child who is an inpatient
  • Other visitors from within the same family may visit a child on the Children’s Ward, but there must only ever be one person with the child at any one time
  • One named visitor may support a patient with a learning disability or cognitive impairment

Having family members or friends in hospital can be worrying so enquiries about patients can be made 24 hours a day by ringing 01204 390812.

Staff on this main reception line can tell you which ward a patient is on and put you through to the ward.

If several people need to know about a patient, it can be helpful to the hospital if just one person rings for the information, but staff are always there to help patients and visitors with any worries.

We have signed up to the John’s Campaign allowing open visiting times for relatives and carers of patients with dementia.

John's Campaign

John’s Campaign was started by the Nicci Gerrard, the daughter of Dr John Gerrard, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in his mid-seventies, and Julia Jones, whose mother June Jones had a similar experience. Dr Gerrard’s experience was the catalyst for this campaign known as ‘stay with me’ to allow open visiting for family and carers to be there to support their loved ones during their stay.

We have dedicated teams of highly skilled nurses, doctors and allied healthcare professionals providing patients with dementia with specialised care. Carers are welcomed onto the ward and made to feel valued and respected as carers caring for their loved one living with Dementia.

While they visit the hospital, they are encouraged to participate in any care delivery or therapy sessions that they and the patients choose. We have overnight hygiene bags and fold down beds, if carers need to stay overnight.

The trust accepts that many patients and families want this and that patients benefit from the support of their loved ones whilst in hospital.

To find out more about John’s campaign visit