An update on social visits and our response to the national restrictions – 5th November 2020
Please check this website for the latest information as our telephone lines are very busy at this time.
In line with Government guidance we have taken the difficult decision to suspend social visits with immediate effect and for the duration of the current national restrictions. This is to protect the safety and wellbeing of our staff and residents and to help minimise the spread of Covid-19.
Staying at home is how we can reduce the number of people needing hospital treatment, so we can help to protect the ability of the NHS to cope with this unprecedented situation and save more lives. We understand that family contact is very important, so encourage families to keep in contact via letters, email through the ‘Email a prisoner’ service and by telephone. We also offer ‘Purple Visits’ video calls to all residents.
The actions we are taking replicate those being implemented within the community but we are pleased to confirm that many elements of our prison regime will be able to continue, thanks to extensive protective measures in place.
From 6th November, our staff will wear masks in all areas and residents will shortly be provided with face coverings for high risk areas too. We have also launched COVID-19 testing for new residents which will allow us to quickly isolate anyone who tests positive.
Residents will still be able to attend essential medical appointments and benefit from services such as key working. Transfers/court appearances will still be facilitated at this time.
There may obviously be times we have to review what we are doing because of a local outbreak.
I know that this year has been harder than usual for people who have a loved one in prison. I want to use this opportunity to thank you for your support during this time.
An update on legal visits - 14th September 2020
Legal visits are now available at HMP & YOI Bronzefield. If you are visiting the prison for a legal meeting, please read our latest guidance here.
Fewer slots will be available but legal visits will be longer to accommodate the additional COVID-19 checks required. Please check our 'Visiting the Prison' page for more information on how to arrange a visit.