Visiting Times at KGH
Visiting arrangements for adult and children’s wards
On 5 June the government announced that restrictions to hospital visiting could be relaxed. After discussion, Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals and Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust jointly agreed we would not change the current visiting restrictions and arrangements until we could assure ourselves of patient and staff safety, particularly with regard to social distancing. The government then set out new requirements for visitors as well as staff to wear face coverings, so we needed to further review our environments.
The senior management of the above organisations discussed and agreed to continue to review together how we could safely reduce the current visiting restrictions. This will not see a completely open visiting regime, but a ‘new normal’ with new rules, e.g. we will probably not allow visiting, unless on compassionate grounds, to wards with Covid positive patients, and there are likely to be restrictions on the length of time of a visit, the amount of visitors, use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and social distancing in individual wards.
Having reviewed our current visiting restrictions at KGH on 2nd July and listened to the views of our patients and our staff. We are also mindful of the impact that Covid-19 continues to have on communities across the country and, having taken all issues into consideration, we have taken the decision to keep our current restrictions in place for a little while longer, for the full message to our patients. These measures will continue to be reviewed.
Please note any changes will apply only to adult, older adult and children and young people’s wards. Separate special arrangements for maternity wards will be announced in due course.
We are further restricting visiting to our hospital to help tackle the spread of COVID-19 in order to protect both our patients and our staff.
With effect from Wednesday 25 March we will not allow any visitors to our hospital, with a few exceptions.
Maternity – one birth partner only on Labour Ward.
Neonatal Ward – Mother only between 9am and 5 pm.
Paediatrics – one parent/guardian only. Strictly no siblings.
Patients at the end of life – in the upsetting and difficult circumstances where patients may be at the end of their life, the decision for visiting will be down to the nurse in charge.
Emergency department – one other person only if needed.
Outpatients – please try to attend your appointment alone. Patients needing support are permitted to being along one carer only.
Maternity scans and Antenatal appointments - patients must be unaccompanied.
In exceptional circumstances please discuss with ward staff.
From Friday 5 June, visiting arrangements for hospitals is now at the discretion of individual Trusts. At KGH and NGH we are continuing with current restrictions as we believe this helps to keep our patients and staff safe and reduces the risk of cross infection
A range of arrangements are available for you to keep in touch with a relative/loved one in hospital.
On arrival to any ward or department, all visitors should wash their hands thoroughly (for 20 seconds at least) or use the hand sanitiser provided.. We also ask that you use the hand sanitiser on leaving the ward or department.
Thank you for your co-operation.