Visiting adult patients on our wards


Information for people attending appointments and visiting ESNEFT hospitals.

Visiting policies and arrangements for attending appointments at hospitals run by East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) have been reviewed to keep everyone safe.

Some changes are being made to protect patients and staff following an increase in the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the hospitals and local community and the decision to place the country into another national lockdown.

Teams at the Trust have reviewed the existing suspension of visiting, in line with national guidance, and the attendance of appointments to keep everyone safe.

Visiting inpatients and attendance at appointments in exceptional compassionate circumstances, as well as carer responsibilities, will continue to be supported.

The following guidance came into effect at 8am on Wednesday 6 January.

General ward visiting

  • Visiting to all wards, including Critical Care, remains suspended, apart from in exceptional circumstances.

This decision will be kept under weekly review, based on Coronavirus (COVID-19) case numbers and information on how the virus is spreading locally.

Visiting advice for carers

Things to remember for visitors 

  • Face masks/coverings must be worn by all visitors to our hospitals at all times (unless they are medically exempt).
  • Appropriate PPE (gloves, apron and surgical face masks) will be provided by ward teams.
  • Relatives/carers who are clinically vulnerable themselves should, generally, avoid visiting our hospitals, except on compassionate grounds.
  • Visitors may be considered to be a Coronavirus (COVID-19) contact if they visit our hospitals, or a Coronavirus (COVID-19) patient, and will need to follow national self-isolation guidance if they’re contacted by NHS Track and Trace.


Our hospitals
This guidance covers Colchester Hospital, Ipswich Hospital, Aldeburgh Hospital, Felixstowe Hospital and Bluebird Lodge, Ipswich.




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