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Visiting

From Monday 13 June 2022, the Trust is revising visiting restrictions. 

From this date, for most inpatient areas, visiting will revert back to pre-pandemic guidance, in most circumstances, with the exception of the High Risk Ward areas and some departments. 

  • In inpatient settings where patients are at high risk of infection due to immunosuppression, eg oncology/haematology, visitors may be asked to wear a facemask following a local risk assessment.
  • Visitors and individuals accompanying patients to outpatient appointments or the emergency department are not routinely required to wear a facemask unless this is a personal preference, although they may be encouraged to do so following a local risk assessment.
  • These principles should also be applied in outpatient and diagnostic service settings and the emergency department where the patient may wish/need to be accompanied by somebody important to them.

No patient should have to attend on their own unless it is their personal choice.

  • Anyone showing any symptoms of COVID-19 should not visit. this is essential for infection prevention and control.
  • Where a face-to-face visit is not practical, then virtual visits should be supported and facilitated but face-to-face visiting is encouraged. 
  • Patients may be accompanied where appropriate and necessary to assist their communication and/or/ to meet their health, care, emotional, religious, or spiritual care needs.

Face coverings

  • Visitors, parents, guardians, siblings may be asked to wear a face mask/face covering following a local risk assessment, including when entering and moving through the healthcare setting unless medically exempt for which evidence should be provided. This will be in line with the identified wards where clinical staff will also continue to wear face masks. 

Before visiting, we encourage all visitors to help to keep our patients safe by undertaking a lateral flow test. Lateral flow kits are available online. We will not ask for the results of this test on arrival. 

It is important that you do not visit if you are showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. This includes a high temperature, a new persistent cough or loss/change in sense of smell or taste. You should also not attend if you have had a positive COVID test, returned from a high-risk country, or if you have been told to isolate by the national test and trace team in the past 10 days. Where you are a household contact, we ask that you also refrain from visiting for the isolation period. 

Face coverings should be worn at all times unless medically exempt to do so, for which evidence should be provided, or a surgical face mask if you are attending a high risk area or a patient with suspected/known COVID-19.

13 June 2022

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