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Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.

Hospital visiting - Updated 09/09

New visiting restrictions

To ensure patient, staff and visitor safety, visiting arrangements have changed due to recent developments during the COVID-19 outbreak.  This applies to the following hospitals:

  • Beatson
  • Dykebar
  • Glasgow Royal Infirmary
  • Gartnavel Hospitals
  • Leverndale
  • Lightburn
  • New Victoria Hospital
  • Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
  • Royal Alexandra Hospital
  • Royal Hospital for Children
  • Stobhill Hospital
  • Vale of Leven Hospital

For hospitals not listed above, please see below "Current Standard Visiting Arrangements".

Regardless of the arrangements outlined below, it is essential you do not visit if you have a persistent cough, loss of taste or smell, flu like symptoms or fever.

Residents of lockdown areas

If you live in the following Greater Glasgow and Clyde local authority areas you should avoid visiting hospitals outwith your area, except for essential visits.

  • East Dunbartonshire
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Glasgow City
  • Renfrewshire
  • West Dunbartonshire

Special Arrangements

Special arrangements will be made to accommodate the following essential visitors:

  • One birthing partner supporting a woman during hospital visits
  • Parents of children who are inpatients or attending an outpatient appointment. Parents must remain with their child at all times
  • One person to support someone with a mental health issue such as dementia, a learning disability or autism where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed
  • One family member/person for someone receiving end of life care.

All arrangements MUST be made through the nurse in charge of the ward.

  • Children MUST NOT visit
  • All visitors MUST wash their hands or use hand sanitiser when entering and leaving clinical areas
  • Face covering MUST be worn
  • As you cannot visit in person, please use technology such as social media and phone calls to stay in touch.

It is essential you do not visit if you have a persistent cough, flu like symptoms or fever.

Alternative Arrangements

Virtual Visiting

If you cannot visit in person, please use technology such as social media and phone calls to stay in touch. If the person you want to speak to does not have access to their own phone or tablet, please contact [email protected] to access our Person Centred Virtual Visiting service. Further information about this service is available here.

Give & Go Service

If you cannot visit your loved one in hospital, you can still drop off items for them using the Give & Go service which is available at a few of our hospitals.  For more details, see our Give & Go page.

Thank you for your understanding.



Hospital visiting arrangements for patients who have suspected or active COVID-19

Visiting restrictions continue in active COVID-19 areas. These areas are restricted to essential visits only (see explanation above).


Hospital visiting arrangements for patients who are shielding or in a high-risk category

There are some patients who remain vulnerable and at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19). Strict shielding measures continue to be in place for these patients. Visiting remains restricted to essential visits only for many of these patients. If you are a designated visitor you should contact the ward in the first instance to check the local arrangements and confirm if a visit is possible – this will be risk assessed on an individual basis by the clinical team looking after the patient.


Hospital Visiting Arrangements by Location

In addition to a woman’s birth partner who is their essential visitor, we will be welcoming a designated visitor into...

In addition to a woman’s birth partner who is their essential visitor, we will be welcoming a designated visitor into all inpatient areas and labour wards across GGC Maternity Units. The time for these visits within the antenatal and postnatal wards can be pre-arranged with the individual wards to ensure the continued safety for our women, staff and visitors. Partners can also accompany women within NHSGGC for women’s scans and hospital outpatient appointments following guidance from the individual clinics.  

Visiting is restricted to the parents of children who are an inpatient or attending an outpatient appointment. Parent...

Visiting is restricted to the parents of children who are an inpatient or attending an outpatient appointment. Parents must remain with their child at all times. Both parents can visit at the same time. 

All visiting arrangements MUST be made through the nurse in charge of the ward. 

All visits should be arranged with the nurse in charge.  

All visits should be arranged with the nurse in charge.  

 All visiting arrangements MUST be made through the nurse in charge of the ward. 


When shouldn’t you visit? 

It is very important for the health and wellbeing of patients and staff that you do not visit if you have been feeling unwell in any way or have symptoms of COVID-19. This includes if you have a persistent coughflu-like symptomsfever or loss of taste or smell. 


What next?

When guided by the Scottish Government, these restrictions will be revised and altered depending on the outbreak status of the virus and any outbreak within the hospital and local community. 


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