COVID-19 patient information

Virtual Visiting

We are offering a virtual visiting service using iPads so you can virtually meet with your loved one. They will be supported with the visit by a member of our ward staff.

What do I need for a visit?

You need an email address, a Wi-Fi connection or mobile data and a smart device (Apple or Android) or PC/Laptop with webcam and microphone. Watch this short video for more information

How long are visits?

We’re suggesting 20-30 minutes for a visit.

Can more than one relative join a visit?

Yes but we do not suggest more than two people joining at once. You will both need to login to the waiting room on your separate devices.

How do I arrange a visit?

You should contact the ward directly to arrange your visit and they will discuss a mutually agreed time with you.

What do I need to do?

At the time agreed with the ward, you should click into one of the waiting rooms below. PLEASE ONLY CLICK THE LINK IF YOU HAVE PRE BOOKED A VISIT.

If you’re not familiar with the technology, test the link in advance of your visit to check it works.

For wards 9, 13, 14, 18, 19 and AAU, please use this link:
https://nhs.vc/virtual-visiting-for-families-carers-hot-wards

For wards 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, Neonatal and Maternity please use this link:
https://nhs.vc/virtual-visiting-for-families-and-carers

For Intensive Care Unit (ICU) please use this link:
https://nhs.vc/icu-virtual-visiting

I’m having problems, what should I do?

  • Ensure you have allowed the website to access the camera and microphone on your device

  • Ensure you have opened the link in Google, Google Chrome or Safari

  • Our ward staff may have arranged a time with you but may be delayed, wait for up to 10 minutes and contact the ward if you are still waiting to be seen after this time


Pick up/drop off service

The Trust has set up a service for relatives so you can drop off a bag of personal belongings and if required, collect any laundry items from your loved one to take home with you.

We hope this service will help to make your loved one’s stay more comfortable in hospital and give you piece of mind that they have their own things available to them.

The service runs Monday to Friday 10am-4:00pm and Saturdays 10am-12noon. If you need to drop off outside of these times, please contact the ward directly.

Click here for more information about booking for a pick up/ drop off


During this time, when families and friends are not able to visit their loved ones in hospital, we have set up a dedicated ‘Sending Hugs’ service so you can send your loved one get well wishes with a letter and a couple of photos.

We can also supply and send your loved one a greetings card with a message of your choice.

Our team of volunteers will deliver these to the wards.

Upon receipt of your request our team of volunteers will:

  • print your letter and laminate any photographs OR

  • print your e-card or hand write one

If you would like to make a request, please email virtualvisiting@anhst.nhs.uk attaching the letter and photographs.

You can design your card using this website. Once finished, email it to the above address we will print it off for you and send it to your loved one. https://www.greetingsisland.com/cards/thoughts-and-feelings/get-well

If you are not able to send us an email, please phone 01535 294027

You must provide your loved one’s (the patient’s) full name, date of birth and ward they are staying on.

There is no charge for any of our service, however any donations to the Care for Airedale campaign are greatly appreciated.

www.justgiving.com/campaign/careforairedale


Care Parcels

You can arrange to send a Care Parcel to your loved one during their hospital stay. The package is a small bundle of items to help your loved one to feel more comfortable during their time in hospital. A card will accompany each parcel and you can customise a short message.

We aim to deliver parcels within 24 hours.

Parcels contents may vary but can include the following items:

  • Toothpaste

  • Shower Gel and wash mit

  • Dry shampoo

  • Pen

  • Magazine

  • Wet wipes

  • Tissues

  • Fruit Sweets

  • Emery Board

  • Notecard and message


Contact our patient experience team on virtualvisiting@anhst.nhs.uk or

01535 294027 if you’d like to use any of these services.