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Visiting information for parents, carers and other visitors

What's New

24/04/2021 Updated Covid-19 visiting restrictions now mean that brothers and sisters can visit their siblings in hospital accompanied by a parent or carer.

It is important that your child or young person has the support of a parent or carer at all times whilst they are a patient in hospital. We don't consider the designated parent or carer to be a visitor.

See Directions and Parking for information on how to get to the hospital and where to park. The Hospital Level Guide will tell you which level of the hospital wards are located on. 

If you need directions in and around Royal Hospital for Children please ask - our friendly volunteers are there to help you find your way around. There is an information desk at the main entrance if more assistance is needed. And remember - NHSGGC Health Board has a smoke-free policy that means smoking is not permitted anywhere within the hospital grounds. 

Visiting restrictions

Visiting Restrictions

Visiting Restrictions are currently in place in the Royal Hospital for Children

  • We encourage one parent or carer to stay with their child at all times (the designated parent/carer), if they are able to do so. A second parent or carer is able to visit their child at any time while they are an inpatient.

  • Brothers and sisters may now also accompany their parent/carer on a visit.

  • You can help your child or young person stay in touch with their friends and family through virtual visiting. Please ask your local Play Service team member for help in accessing an IPAD should you need assistance.

  • Please see the section below on Keeping patients safe from infection about the use of Lateral Flow Tests before a hospital visit.

This page will be updated regularly with the latest Scottish Government instruction on visitors to hospitals.

Please respect the privacy of others and only visit your child. If you are not visiting a child, you need an appointment with the department you wish to visit. 

Keeping patients safe from infection
Preventing and controlling infection in hospitals is very important. Please don't visit if you or someone in your family is unwell, and observe the rules on hand hygiene and use of face coverings in the hospital.

To help keep everyone safe, we strongly recommend that all visitors have a Voluntary Lateral Flow Test prior to visiting and then undertaken twice per week for as long as your child is in hospital. This is optional. This will be available to everyone in Scotland from 26 April.

Information on how to order Lateral Flow Tests is on the Scottish Government’s website or tests can be collected from COVID testing centres in the afternoon or early evening. If you do not wish to have a test or are not able to test this will not be an obstacle to a visit.

See here for more information on helping to keep patients safe.

Food and facilities

Adults are much more likely than children to have COVID-19. Strict measures have been put in place to reduce the number of people using shared facilities. 

Meals will be provided for patients and their carer.  
Please observe social distancing while in the children's hospital. 

If your child has been admitted with COVID-19 symptoms you need to follow government advice and self-isolate. Remain in your child’s room where possible, and avoid visiting shops/eating venues.
Sending a letter or a gift to a child in hospital

Please address it to: 

Child's Name (patient) 
Ward number
Royal Hospital for Children
1345 Govan Road
Glasgow, G51 4TF

If you do not know which ward the child is on, please phone (0141) 2010000 to find out. 

Editorial Information

Last reviewed: 02 June 2021

Next review: 02 June 2022