Visiting our sites

England’s Chief Nurse Ruth May has reminded the public that everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules even after national restrictions were eased on Monday 19 July.

Chief Nursing Officer for England, Ruth May said: “Face coverings and social distancing measures will remain in place across healthcare settings so that the most vulnerable people can continue to safely attend hospital, their GP surgery, pharmacy or any other healthcare settings for advice, care and treatment."

Here at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust we are keeping in place the same infection control measures we have had for the past months for anyone coming in to our buildings, including:

    • People with Covid-19 symptoms must re-arrange their visit or appointment
    • Wear a mask or face covering (see * for exemptions)
    • Wash your hands regularly – clean hands are safe hands
    • Keep a safe distance of  2 metres apart
    • Visits are strictly by booking only and are limited to one close family contact or somebody important to the patient and visitors must take a Covid-19 lateral flow test on the day of their visit
    • Outpatients are encouraged to take a Covid-19 lateral flow test on the day of their visit
    • Our staff will continue to wear full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and take regular lateral flow tests

* If you are a service user attending an appointment and are exempt from wearing a mask please discuss this via your contact on your appointment letter to discuss how we can keep yourself and others safe during your appointment.

Why?

      1. The risk from Covid-19 has not gone away. It is possible that any one of us may be carrying the virus, even those of us who have been vaccinated. You may not have any Covid-19 symptoms, but you could still pass it on. This may leave vulnerable service users and staff exposed to the risk of infection.
      2. Other infections, such as flu, are on the rise which can make our vulnerable service users very ill
      3. We need to continue to protect the NHS

Everyone at our Trust is working hard to keep service users, staff and families safe while they are on our sites.

There is some updated gov.uk guidance on additional precautions to take for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

We’ve done so well so far – let’s continue to do the right thing and keep each other safe!

Thank you.

Taking a lateral flow test on the day of your visit or appointment

Outpatients

We are encouraging outpatients to access free Covid-19 lateral flow testing kits  on the day of their appointment. You can access free testing kits at your local pharmacy, however where this has not been possible some testing kits will be available on-site for outpatients to use.  The arrangements for this may be different depending where the visit is taking place and you will need to check what is happening in your service.  If the test result is positive you will be asked to go directly home and you will need to re-arrange your appointment.

Visitors

Any visitor must take a Covid-19 lateral flow test (often known as LFT) on the day of their visit. We are encouraging visitors to access free testing kits at their local pharmacies as part of our pre-visitation checks, however where this has not been possible  some testing kits will be available for visitors to use.  The arrangements for this may be different depending where the visit is taking place and you will need to check what is happening in your service.  If the test result is positive visitors will not be allowed to enter the ward and will be asked to go directly home.

Visitors who decline testing will not be allowed to visit the ward.

Visiting Wards Policy

As we can only accept a limited number of visitors to our wards we are asking that visits are strictly by BOOKING ONLY and are limited to one close family contact or somebody important to the patient.

Visitors should contact 0113 85 55000, the Patient Liaison Service on 0800 052 5792, or a direct line to the ward if they have one, to arrange booking.

We will regularly review our visiting arrangements in light of any changes in the national guidance.