No Visitors allowed at Royal Free Hospital or UCLH due to COVID-19

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (including Chase Farm & Barnet Hospitals)

To protect our patients, visitors and staff, we have had to change the rules about visiting. From tomorrow (24 March), the following new visitor restrictions will come into effect at our hospitals.

  • Visiting for all patients will no longer be allowed on the wards until further notice; *exceptions to this are outlined on website
  • 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. 

Changes at University College London Hospital (UCLH)

Only patients and staff are allowed in our hospitals during this time

  • To protect our patients and help prevent the spread of infection, we are not allowing visitors in our hospitals
  • Visitors will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and in agreement with the nurse in charge, including:
    • for a patient at end of life
    • one regular carer for a patient with additional needs, such as a patient with dementia
    • one parent/guardian for a child
    • Maternity:
      • 1 accompanying person in our MFAU triage area ONLY if a woman is in suspected labour, otherwise no visitors
      • 1 accompanying person on Labour Ward and Birth Centre

If family or carers wish to visit a current inpatient, they need to speak to the nurse in charge of the ward or unit to consider any exceptional arrangements.

They should not come to hospital if they have a high temperature or a new, continuous cough. Read more about changes at UCLH.

This page will be updated (Monday-Friday) as new information comes out.

Updated 02/04/2020