Changes to visiting at Craigavon Hospital

New staggered visiting hours have been announced at Craigavon Area Hospital to avoid large numbers of people arriving at the same time.

The Southern Health Trust says, as from Monday August 17, wards will stagger visiting hours to keep patients and visitors as well as staff as safe as possible during the current pademic.

A spokesperson said: “Virtual visiting our patients (by phone or tablet device) remains the preference and no-one feeling unwell or with symptoms of COVID-19 should visit. Those wishing to avail of a Virtual Visit should contact 077 7651 6419 between 9am and 5pm.

“If you cannot virtually visit your loved one please only visit during the ward’s designated visiting hour.”

Nurses practice social distancing while donning PPE at Craigavon Area Hospital in Co Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Ward Visiting Hours: 1 North Cardiac: 14:00-15:00; 1 South Medical/ENT: 15:00-16:00; 1 East Gynaecology: 18:00-19:00; 2 North Respiratory/Medical: 19:00-20:00; 2 South Medical/Stroke: 14:00-15:00; 3 North Medical/Stroke/Geriatric: 19:00-20:00; 3 South Surgical/Urology: 15:00-16:00; 4 North Surgical: 15:00-16:00; 4 South Progressive Care: 19:00-20:00; Acute Medical Unit: 18:00-19:00; Trauma: 14:00-15:00; Orthopaedic: 18:00-19:00

Visiting times for Maternity remain 15:00-16:00 & 18:30-19:30 Intensive Care Unit 14:00-16:00 & 18:30-19:30 and Haematology 11:00-20:30. Visits to these wards must be arranged with the nurse in charge.

The Trust lists a number of visiting rules, including that only one visitor is permitted at a time for a maximum of one hour.

In specific circumstances where the visitor requires assistance then no more than 2 people will be permitted access to visit at any one time where this can be accommodated within social distancing guidance. Children under 16 years are not permitted to visit unless there are exceptional circumstances and it has been agreed by the Nurse in Charge.

Visitors, and those attending appointments, are asked to bring their own face covering and to wear it at all times. No access will be permitted without a face covering.

Visitors are asked to use the hand sanitiser provided before and after entering both the Hospital and the Ward/Department.

Please visit for full visiting information and guidance.

The Trust wishes to thank the public for their co-operation and support as staggered visiting times is introduced. The changes mean there are fewer people in the hospital so we can all keep our distance and keep safe.

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper whenever you are able to do so.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper when you can safely.

You can also enjoy unlimited access to the best news from across Northern Ireland and the UK by subscribing to

With a digital subscription, you can read more than five articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit now to sign up.

Thank you