Visiting a patient
**Please note visiting is restricted in line with national and regional guidance, due to the COVID-19 pandemic**
What you need to know when attending The Walton Centre
In July 2021, the majority of COVID-19 restrictions were lifted across England. Many of the safety measures that have been in place for use in public settings such as social distancing will be down to personal choice, although the requirement to wear face covering in some indoor settings returned in December 2021.
It has been decided nationally that the restrictions previously in place across the NHS will remain for the foreseeable future. Existing safety measures from prior to July 2021 at The Walton Centre - and in our other clinic settings within the community - remain in place until further notice.
This means that patients and visitors will still be asked to have a temperature check, wear face coverings, maintain social distancing and undertake asymptomatic testing when required. There will still be limited access permitted within the hospital for visiting and appointments.
Due to the increased transmission risk posed by the Omicron variant, visiting has been suspended within The Walton Centre except for exceptional circumstances.
- A maximum of two visitors for patients at the end of their life.
- One parent or appropriate adult visiting a child, this may include multiple parents although only one may be present at any time.
- One carer that is supporting someone with a mental health issue such as dementia, a learning disability or autism or other similar complex conditions where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed.
- In exceptional cases consideration will be given to individual requests following a comprehensive risk assessment.
Please keep visiting our website for further information. This page and the visiting guidance page will also be updated if and when there are any changes to announce, in line with national NHS guidance.
When attending The Walton Centre, please be kind and respect our staff who greet you and work hard to look after you - we are here to keep you safe and we kindly request your support to help us do this.
Thank you for your ongoing support and co-operation.
Page last updated: 31 December 2021