As the NHS trust that has been hardest hit by COVID-19, University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) is doing all it can to protect both patients and staff across its healthcare sites (Good Hope Hospital, Heartlands Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Solihull Hospital, Birmingham Chest Clinic).

Therefore, in-line with national NHS guidance, there will be no changes to UHB's current visiting restrictions from 19 July onwards. The trust will continue to review our position and will share any updates on its website (www.uhb.nhs.uk) and on its social media channels.

In line with national NHS guidance, anyone visiting UHB's hospitals from 19 July onwards will still be required to wear a face mask or face covering (unless they are exempt) and will need to socially distance in all areas of the trust's hospitals and healthcare settings. This will be monitored by security teams at all sites and is necessary in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

UHB's hospitals and other settings are visited by some of the most vulnerable people in Birmingham and Solihull and as a healthcare provider it has a duty to protect and ensure these members of the public can be treated as safely as possible. UHB thanks you in advance for your cooperation, patience and understanding at this time.

The guidelines are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors and across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dentists, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.

More information on UHB's visiting restrictions can be found here.