Visiting restrictions over Christmas

Posted on Thu, 23/12/2021

The Trust is conscious that Covid rate in the community is currently very high and continuing to rise rapidly. It goes without saying that the Trust must do all it can to keep its patients safe.

Today (23 December), the trust today has new advice regarding visiting within the hospital for patients who may be going on home leave or who might be receiving visitors whilst in hospital on Christmas day and subsequent bank holidays.

While the guidance has been distributed throughout the Trust, we would like to reiterate that all decisions are ultimately at the discretion of our ward managers. To provide the best and most suitable protection to our patients, there will be cases where rules are enforced more strictly than the guidance below. We apologise for any inconvenience in these instances, but hope that you can understand the importance of putting the health and safety of our patients first.

Home visits:

This advice is for patients who are able to go on home leave from their ward.

  • If any members of the household are symptomatic with covid/flu or cold symptoms, we ask that they are not present when the patient visits.
  • We advise that all members of the household involved in the visit have a negative lateral test result.
  • Please remind members of the household to allow for adequate social distancing whilst the visit is taking place.

Visiting wards:
The advice for ward visiting on Christmas day and the subsequent bank holidays is as follows:
The length of visits may be extended but only at the discretion of the nurse in charge. This to enable patients that are remaining in hospital over the festive period to meet their loved ones. Given the high rates of Covid currently, regrettably, we ask that visiting is limited to a maximum of 2 visitors per patient.

All visitors must be have no symptoms and have conducted a lateral flow test on the day of the visit that has returned a negative result.  

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