Face masks and social distancing: Due to the rising prevalence of COVID-19 in our communities, we strongly encourage healthcare staff and visitors to wear a face covering in all of our settings, particularly in clinical areas and those with high footfall. Please exercise a common-sense approach and personal responsibility to help us reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our patients, workforce and services. In addition to wearing a face covering, it is important to continue to maintain social distancing where possible. Thank you for your continued support and co-operation at this time. We continue to regularly review our advice based on prevalence in our communities and our hospitals.
Visiting mental health and learning disabilities patients - updated May 2022
Visiting continues to be strictly by appointment only, for one hour, twice weekly in any ward or service that is not closed to visiting due to COVID. Visitors arriving for pre-arranged visits must check in first to the following reception areas before going to visit their relative:
Visiting continues to take place in designated visiting areas only, following processes for hand hygiene, PPE and social distancing. Visitors should not visit if they are Covid – 19 positive, have Covid- 19 symptoms or have had contact with a positive case of Covid-19 in the last 10 days,
Social distancing should be maintained as much as practically possible and physical contact avoided.
Wherever practically possible and to reduce the risk of Covid – 19 transmission, visiting will continue to take place in outdoor areas.
Visiting will be opened up to allow for different relatives/visitors to visit. Therefore any combination of 2 visitors are able to visit for an hour twice weekly.
Patients who are displaying Covid - 19 symptoms or have tested positive for Covid-19 will be required to isolate for 10 days and will not be able to receive visits during this period.
Where there are individual circumstances whereby visiting at the bedside, increasing the frequency of visiting or increasing the number of visitors at any one time needs to be considered, it will be done so on an individually risk assessed basis. For example for individuals who are at the end of their lives or where the level of distress to the individual makes bedside visiting or increased visiting in their best interests. These exceptional and individual circumstances will be supported.