Hospital Visiting Information Guides

NHS Grampian consists of 3 local authorities – Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray. As part of the efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 each local authority has been placed in a tier. 

This means that NHS Grampian hospitals in different local authorities may have different visiting restrictions – depending on which tier they have been placed in.

Visiting moves between tiers and is guided by the Scottish Government, but there may be times when appropriate measures will be taken to reduce transmission further, such as during a ward based outbreak or when an individual patient is COVID positive. In both these situations visiting will revert to essential visits only.

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Tier 2. Essential visits & ONE designated visitor

Moray. Tier 1. Essential and TWO designated visitors.

Please study the table below carefully as there are slight variations to the visiting restrictions in each tier – although these are still essentially based on the stages of visiting referred to in previous documentation. 

Further information is available in the updated Scottish Government Visiting Guidance, issued early November 2020, which is intended to help hospitals and health boards balance the risks of infection with the need to provide an environment that supports healing, well-being and the right to family life, and minimises the harm caused by separating people from their loved ones. It considers how visiting may take place in a safe way that balances the risk between spread of infection and family separation, safely and proportionately – recognising that the presence and involvement of family is of vital importance to recovery and well-being.

Visitor definitions (essential & designated) are available on page 10 of the above document.

Further Return to Visiting Supporting Documents:

Visitor Passes:

In order to support visiting within Aberdeen Maternity hospital, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Dr Gray’s Hospital, ‘Visitor Passes’ have been introduced for both designated and essential visitors. If you are based in one of these locations, please remember to issue a ‘Visitor Pass’ to each visitor, ahead of their planned visit. This helps door staff ensure a smooth entry to the hospital while keeping the staff and visitor experience as positive as possible in difficult circumstances.  If you require more information please see the nurse manager, or equivalent, in your area.

Virtual Visiting:

Virtual visiting sessions are available with iPads for patients to contact loved-ones and friends. These can be organised by contacting senior charge nurses.  If your area does not have an iPad please email:

Virtual Visiting Supporting Documents:

Patient Access to Spiritual Care Visits:

NHS Grampian are committed to implementing the recent Scottish Government guidelines to facilitate access to spiritual care for patients during COVID 19.  The full guidelines can be accessed here. A visit from the patients’ own faith / belief community will be facilitated following an appropriate assessment and will be done in partnership with the Chaplaincy / Spiritual Care department.   Please contact the department for assistance and support: Telephone: (01224 5) 53316  email: