Today, 21 May 2020, we have updated our visitor guidance.
Previously visiting was suspended except in exceptional circumstances.
Now, some groups of patients may now be able to have restricted visiting. Our ward staff will consider each patient on the ward each day and arrange a visiting time where appropriate. To help us with oversight of visitors, a daily log of allocated visiting times is being completed and no more than two visitors are allowed in a bay at one time.
We have a series of questions to ask the family when arranging visiting times. On occasion it may not be possible for visiting to take place at that current time, e.g. if the family member is unwell.
󠆰Patients at End of Life
Patients who are end of life should be allowed open visiting where possible. One, or a maximum of two, visitors at a time may visit throughout the day (and night if appropriate) and it can be different members of the family.
Patients with a Learning Disability
Each patient will be assessed individually and visiting discussed with their immediate family. Visiting times are allowed on an individual basis depending on the patient’s needs.
Patients with Dementia
Each patient will be assessed as to whether or not receiving a visitor would be beneficial to their wellbeing.
󠆰Long stay patients
Some patients have been apart from their family for a long time and have had little or no other means of communication. Following a discussion with the family, a visiting time could be allocated for up to one hour with one visitor.
A󠆰ll other inpatients
Unfortunately, due to infection control and social distancing reasons, visiting for all other patients remains suspended. We trust you understand why we need to keep this in place for the time being.
In the community, colleagues are aiming for a minimal number of visits, instead using technology to facilitate remote appointments. We know that many teams are doing this already and that is much appreciated.
In light of the current situation we have taken the decision to suspend all visiting within the maternity department with the exception of birthing partner in labour with immediate effect. This is to help us protect our women, our babies, our staff and our wider communities and limit the spread of COVID-19 Corona virus.
We understand that this will be difficult and upsetting for some people. We hope that people understand the reasons why we have felt it necessary to put these measures in place.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this challenging time.