Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding during the lockdown period. This has been a very difficult time and for those families and carers with loved ones in hospital, we understand that it has been especially difficult not being able to visit to support their recovery and wellbeing.
By working with us and supporting the no visiting policy, you have helped prevent the spread of Covid-19, and we thank you for your help with this. Now, thanks to changes in advice from the government, some visiting is now allowed.
However, visiting can only happen if we all follow certain guidelines so we still need your help and understanding. Covid-19 has not gone away, and we all need to follow infection control advice for the safety of everyone.
If you wish to make a visit it’s important that you follow this guidance:
Contact the ward first to discuss visiting arrangements.
Staff will advise you of the designated area for your visit to take place.
Staff will provide you with the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and you will be expected to comply with these arrangements. Staff will show you the right way to put this on and take it off and where to do this. You cannot use your own mask, apron or gloves.
Wash your hands for 20 seconds on entering and exiting the visiting area.
Always keep 2 metres away from others, including your friend or relative.
If for any reason you have not worn the personal protective equipment (PPE) provided to you throughout your visit, please inform staff.
If you bring any small items or gifts onto the ward, please hand them directly to staff so they can manage the item to prevent the spread of infection.
Designated toilet facilities will be made available.
Please be aware that the number of visitors is limited and only onevisitor per service user is allowed at any time.
For further information or if you want to discuss anything about visiting please contact the ward.
If you can continue with ‘virtual visiting’ such as telephone or video calls or letters to loved ones please do so as this is safer for everyone.
Please do not visit if your friend or relative if you have symptoms of Coronavirus:
A persistent cough
and a loss of smell or taste
You also cannot visit if you are shielding, if you are pregnant or you have been contacted by the ‘test and trace’ system.
If you are showing symptoms of Covid-19, you and others in your household should self-isolate at home for 14 days even if the symptoms are mild.