Trust suspends routine visiting to inpatient units across Leeds and York

Trust suspends routine visiting to inpatient units across Leeds and York in response to threat from coronavirus

Joanna Forster Adams, Chief Operating Officer at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“Patient safety and staff welfare are our priorities. Last week we implemented national guidelines to restrict visiting to our inpatients to one hour, per visitor, per patient, per day.

“We have now taken the step of stopping all routine visiting to our inpatient units from 12noon on 24 March 2020 until further notice. There may be some exceptions to this where the clinical team feel this would be appropriate, and our staff are currently in touch with families and carers about this.

“Having support from family, friends and carers is really important for mental health and learning disability service users, so this decision has not been taken lightly. Our new visitor policy brings us into line with the new restrictions on public movement announcement by the Prime Minister on Monday 23 March 2020.

“We are now working on what this means to service users and ensuring that they can have access to supplies and other essentials that they would ordinarily rely on visitors to bring.

“We know this will be a difficult time for patients, carers and loved ones. However it is a key step in reducing the spread of coronavirus and by reducing movement we can save lives.”

Inpatient units in Leeds affected include:

  • The Becklin Centre
  • The Newsam Centre
  • Asket Croft
  • Asket House
  • The Mount
  • Parkside Lodge
  • Woodland Square at St Mary’s Hospital
  • The National Inpatient Centre for Psychological Medicine at Leeds General Infirmary


Inpatient units in York affected include:

  • Clifton House
  • Mill Lodge