23 March 2020
The Royal Free London is putting measures in place for patients, visitors and staff during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
Advice for visitors of in-patients
Visiting for all patients will no longer be allowed on the wards until further notice; *exceptions to this are outlined here.
In-patients with COVID-19 (coronavirus) and patients awaiting test results for COVID-19 are treated in isolation and are not able to receive visitors.
Adults visiting our emergency departments or urgent care centres are strongly advised to come alone.
Children visiting our emergency departments or urgent care centres are advised to come with one adult only.
During this time we ask and encourage visitors to use other methods of keeping in touch with their friends and family members, including phone and video calls.
We recognise this as a difficult time for all of our patients, their families and their carers. Thank you for your co-operation and helping us to keep our hospitals safe.
Advice for out-patients
If you are visiting one of our hospital or clinics for an appointment, please come alone and only bring someone to accompany you if absolutely necessary.
Attending our premises
We are also asking members of the public not to attend our premises unless they are attending a consultation, visiting the emergency department or urgent care centre, or visiting a patient in the hospital.
If you or someone you live in the same house as are experiencing coronavirus symptoms please do not visit our premises.
All visitors to our hospitals are asked to wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap and water as soon as they enter the hospital and when they leave. Frequent handwashing is effective at reducing the spread of infection.
Thank you for your help in respecting these changes.