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No visitors are allowed, except under exceptional circumstancesFurther details...

Last updated:
27 March 2020

  • No visitors are allowed, except under exceptional circumstances. The exceptions to the no visitor policy include:
    • A nominated person supporting a terminally ill patient through their end of life care
    • A parent/guardian who is supporting a child
    • The chosen support person of a woman who is giving birth. This does not apply to the woman’s postnatal stay however, and no visitors will be permitted during this stage of the woman’s care
  • The decision about whether exceptional circumstances apply outside of these exemptions is at the discretion of the Charge Nurse/Midwife Manager or another lead clinician.
  • Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to visit at any time.
  • All visitors will be assessed at the entry to ensure they meet the exception criteria and will be required to register their details.
  • Visitors who are unwell will not be allowed entry.

These restrictions apply to all wards and services at all times, including the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit.

Condoms? Vasectomy? Options for healthy sex and contraception

There are a few options for men’s contraception and sexual health, including using condoms or getting a vasectomy.

Some of these options are better than others depending on your situation.

Condoms best in conjunction with female contraception such as the contraceptive pill. This minimises the chances of unexpected pregnancy or a sexually-transmitted infection (STI).

Discover resources with explanations of different contraception methods, and The Man’s Manual for safe healthy sex.

Page last updated: 27 November 2018

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