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Due to COVID-19 coronavirus, we are having to make temporary changes to our services. Click here to find out more Temporary Changes

 

Update on hospital restrictions

11 Sep 2020 17:15:47
Visiting 11 sept 2020

We understand that the last six months have been difficult for patients and staff with visiting restricted to a very few. This has been under review over the last few weeks and we hoped to be able to gradually reduce the restrictions in place.

The safety of our patients, visitors and staff has to remain a priority at all times. Given the events that are happening nationally with a rise in the number of infections and more areas being placed into local lockdowns, we have taken the difficult decision to place plans to reduce our restrictions on hold for the time being, with just a few exceptions within some Family Health services.

In all cases, anyone who attends the hospital will be asked to wear a face covering unless they have a medical exemption. People with confirmed Covid-19, symptoms of Covid-19 or other signs of infection must not visit the hospital.

Until further notice, the following current restrictions remain in place for our adult inpatient areas:

  • One named visitor for patients with dementia or learning disabilities

  • One visitor at a time (after discussion with the Nurse in charge) for patients receiving end of life care

In addition, the following restrictions have been slightly adapted based on national guidance and will remain in place until further notice:

Children and young people (Children’s Assessment Unit and the Children’s ward)

 

  • Where parents (or guardians) live separately, one can visit a child at any one time.

  • One parent may exchange with the other parent so both have the opportunity to visit a child each day.

Special Care Baby Unit

 

  • Two parent or guardians may visit together if they are from the same household or social bubble

Maternity

 

  • One nominated birth partner can be present throughout labour and birth. Where possible, it is recommended that partners should be from the same household or the same social bubble as the woman.

We are currently working on how we can safely accommodate partners to attend specific appointments during pregnancy and how we will safely phase the reintroduction of visiting on the Antenatal and Postnatal ward, in line with current national guidance.  

An update on our progress will be announced next week on our website and the Trust’s social media channels.

We know how important it is for partners to be involved in pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period and provide support to our women.  We are very much looking forward to our women having their partners with them more and we thank you all for your support and patience as we navigate safely through these unprecedented times. 

Outpatient and UECC attendances

Outpatient appointments and attendances at UECC are unaffected and patients should continue to attend on their own where possible. If a patient does require assistance, one other person may attend with them.

We will continue to review our restrictions on a regular basis.