Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.

Visiting times

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Updated April 2021

Patient Information on visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic:

For updated guidance and information please go to www.uhsussex.nhs.uk/coronavirus/

After leaving the hospital you should return straight home to change into clean clothes 

  • If you are returning from overseas and are required to quarantine for 10 days, you must complete this before visiting the hospital.
  • Transport: you should arrange to be driven to and from the hospital by a member of your household if possible to minimize the exposure to others.
  • You should bring as few personal belongings as possible with you.


Maternity services (current guidelines)

  • All visitors must always wear a fluid repellent surgical facemask, including when entering and moving through the hospitals.
  • Partners are welcome on Tangmere and Bramber Ward from 14:00 – 17:00 hours daily. Fluid repellant surgical facemasks should be worn throughout the visit and social distancing maintained from staff and other families in the bays other than the person you are visiting.
  • A single birth partner is welcome during all attendances to the Delivery Suite and during labour; a second birth partner can alternate. However both birth partners cannot be in the room at the same time, so one partner must leave the delivery suite entirely when not in the room (please note there are no waiting areas on either of our sites for Delivery Suite).
  • Partners are welcome at early pregnancy scans, the 12-13 weeks scan and the 20 week scan. For other appointments and scans we are unable to accommodate partners while maintaining social distance and safety due to the size and geography of our clinics.

For further information on maternity please go to the West Sussex Family Assist site where information is kept up to date https://west-sussex-family-assist.custhelp.com/


Paediatric services

  • One parent/carer may be resident at all times with the child or young person admitted to the children’s wards.
  • Visiting on the wards will be restricted to one additional visitor to the resident parent/carer.
  • Anyone with respiratory or flu like symptoms, a high temperature or loss of taste &/or smell must not visit the ward or have a positive COVID result.
  • Anyone under the age of 16 years old (i.e. siblings) cannot visit.
  • Parents and children are to remain within the cubicle or bay at all times.

In exceptional family situations: visiting arrangements can be discussed and alternative arrangements may be agreed with the nurse in charge.


Neonatal Services

  • Visiting on the units will be restricted to the same one parent/carer with a designated other (i.e. partner or father) from the same household.
  • The parent/s must remain with their baby at all times.
  • Anyone under the age of 16 years old cannot visit unless they are the parent/carer.
  • Anyone with a temperature, any respiratory or flu like symptoms or loss of smell and taste must not visit the unit or if they have a positive COVID result.

In exceptional family situations: visiting arrangements can be discussed and alternative arrangements may be agreed with the nurse in charge.


End of Life Care

Additional Considerations to support visiting at end of life:

Visitors of people who are dying in inpatient healthcare settings is now available for up to 4 visitors per day (social distancing, infection prevention control measures and visitor guidance permitting).

It may be especially important for the dying person (or their family) to receive spiritual, emotional or religious support at this time. This can be assessed and provided by the Health Care Chaplain, who is part of the multidisciplinary team, or an external faith leader can be contacted if required.


Information for others

Other people who are in attendance to support the needs of the patient, for example; a familiar carer/supporter/personal assistant, should not be counted as an additional visitor.

Patients may be accompanied where appropriate and necessary to assist with the patient’s communication and/or to meet the patient’s health or social care needs. Where possible patients should contact the ward or department in advance to discuss local considerations and make appropriate arrangements.

Visiting is not permitted if:

  • You are in a household that is self-isolating or you have been in contact with someone else who is suspected/confirmed to have coronavirus.
  • If you are showing symptoms of coronavirus, (i.e. a new continuous cough or a high temperature or loss of taste and smell). With these symptoms you must not visit, even if these are mild or intermittent. This is important for infection prevention and control.
  • If you display symptoms of coronavirus you should self-isolate at home and organise a test. Members of your household should also self-isolate for 10 days.

Staying in touch

Keeping in touch

We continue to recommend that you use digital services such as FaceTime, Skype, Zoom and WhatsApp to stay in touch with loved ones during their hospital stay, to minimise the risk of spreading or contracting the virus. In addition, within the Trust, we have access to some iPads and mobile phones for use and we will continue to operate an initiative to enable loved ones to keep in touch remotely, see below:

Messages for Loved Ones:

Emails can be sent to wshnt.MessagesToLovedOnes@nhs.net or letters posted to Messages to Loved Ones, St Richard’s Hospital, Spitalfield Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6SE. Messages will be printed and laminated for delivery to the wards Monday to Friday.

Thinking of you:

The Trust is also keen to receive messages of support for patients who may not have any loved ones from anyone, regardless of where they live or if they are a member of an organisation. The Trust are inviting people to send their messages to Thinking of you by email; wshnt.MessagesToLovedOnes@nhs.net; or post to Messages to Loved Ones, St Richard’s Hospital, Spitalfield Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6SE.  






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