Service changes and visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic

During this COVID-19 pandemic there may be changes in the way some of our services work. Contact the service directly to check how services are being delivered and follow their advice.

Some of our services now offer video consultations. You should speak to your clinician if this is something you would like them to consider. You can find out more about video consultation here.



Contact the ward you wish to visit in advance for guidance and instructions for a safe visit.

You can read some general  NHS guidance on visiting healthcare inpatient settings.pdf [pdf] 89KB

If you need help in a mental health crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic outside office hours please contact our crisis team: Help in a crisis

For other medical advice and support contact your GP or visit NHS 111

Only visit your local Emergency Department for serious life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention including persistent severe chest pain, loss of consciousness, acute confused state, severe breathlessness, severe blood loss, serious burns or suspected stroke.

Arranging a visit and visiting hours

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Chevron Arranging a visit

Chevron Visiting with children

Chevron Professional visitors

Chevron How to contact us and where we are

Chevron Restrictions



Arranging a visit

When visiting Wathwood Hospital you will need to book the visit at least 24 hours in advance through the relevant ward/ service.

During coronavirus please contact the wards to clarify visiting hours.



Visiting with children

We are very careful to look after the welfare of anyone under 18 who wishes to visit. Our social workers will carry out a family assessment before any visits from children can be arranged.  Please allow time for this to be completed. 

Child visits take place away from other patients, in a child friendly room and will be supervised to ensure everyone remains safe.

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Professional visitors

Professional visits must be requested in advance. Usually they cannot take place between 12.00 noon – 2pm and 5pm – 6pm or after 8pm due to protected time for patients.

All visitors are required to report to the Main Reception.

Professional and social visitors must provide two forms of ID; one should be photo ID. All visitors will require registration on the Hospital visitors' database.



How to contact us and where we are

Wathwood Hospital
Gipsy Green Lane
Wath Upon Dearne
South Yorkshire
S63 7TQ

Tel: 01709 870800


Getting here

By car



We are approximately 9 miles from both the A1 and the M1. There is free visitor parking available on site, although spaces can be limited. Some spaces are for use by blue badge holders only.


By bus

The nearest bus station is in Wath-upon-Dearne town centre. There is also a bus station in Rotherham with a service to Wath-upon-Dearne. The closest bus service to the hospital is the 221, which also serves Doncaster Town Centre. 


By train

The nearest train station is Swinton Interchange (Rotherham, South Yorkshire) which is approximately 1 mile away. A taxi will cost approximately £3-5. 

For help planning your journey please visit


By taxi




As this is a medium secure environment, certain items are not allowed into the hospital. Lockers are available in the reception foyer to hold any restricted items. 

The list of restrictions is nondefinitive so please ask security staff if there is anything you are unsure of. Security staff can be contacted on 01709 870800.

Due to the secure environment of the Hospital, and to maintain the safety of patients, our staff and anyone visiting we ask you to refrain from bringing in the following items:

  • Mobile Phones
  • Knives/scissors/mental nail files/ pencil sharpeners/ razors/ blades (anything that can be used as a weapon)
  • Glass or mirrors
  • Matches or lighters and fuel
  • Medication or prescription drugs
  • Alcohol or illicit substances
  • Solvents/ nail polish or remover
  • Pornographic magazines/ videos/ DVDs/ USB drives
  • Plastic bags
  • Cameras or recording equipment
  • Cigarettes, tobacco or vaping devices
  • Chewing gum
  • Opened drinks and food
  • Only food and drinks that are factory sealed will be allowed onto the ward. Unfortunately, we cannot accept refrigerated items.

The list is not exhaustive so please ask security staff if there is anything you are unsure of.

Lockers are available in the reception foyer to hold any restricted items; for example, mobile phones, cigarettes and lighters.



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