For patients
& visitors

COVID-19 changes to visiting arrangements

We have been given a directive that we must take steps to minimise the impact of the current Coronavirus (COVID 19) particularly for our patients who may be more vulnerable to infection.

For the safety of our patients and staff, from 24 March visitors will not be permitted to enter Southend Hospital.

The same arrangements apply in our emergency department.

The only exceptions will be:

  • Where a patient is receiving end-of-life care, except on Critical Care where we must protect our most vulnerable patients
  • A partner accompanying a woman in labour
  • Children's wards and neonatal units, one visitor per child

 We ask for the public's help in respecting these rules.


We are prioritising employment of clinical and medical staff to keep our hospitals safe. 

If you are specifically clinical or medical please email

If you are kindly volunteering, please email

Non-clinical or non-medical jobs will be advertised via NHSJobs.