Page last updated: 27 August, 2020, 2:56pm
From mid-August, we have been looking to safely reintroduce limited visiting into some of our inpatient wards across our hospitals.
We did suspend the vast majority of visiting in mid-March to protect our patients and staff and to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.
However, we do know visits are an important source of emotional support, care and healing for our patients and also provide solace for the family members who have been distressed at being separated from their loved ones during a period of severe illness.
To try and get the balance right between safety and providing access, patients can receive up to one visitor per day for up to an hour (unless there are exceptional circumstances). This will be at the discretion of wards and agreed by the ward sister.
We are also asking:
- Wherever possible only the same named visitor should come into the ward/clinical area during the admission, except for parents of children where both may be allowed to alternate.
- Visitors must be over 16 years old, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
- Visitors must wear relevant PPE for the area they are visiting. As a minimum face coverings must be worn at all times.
- Visits must be pre-booked on a ward rota (attached) that facilitates a maximum of one visitor, per patient, per day for up to an hour.
Please contact the ward for more details. Visiting may also be subject to change if further national guidance is received.
How to stop infection spreading
Please follow all our infection control measures if you do come to hospital and wash or gel your hands as soon as you enter a ward or unit.