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Important information: To keep you safe from COVID when attending the hospital
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You should not touch your face
You should wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and taking it off. You should also avoid touching the front or the inside of the covering, and handle it by the ear loops or ties
You should change your face covering regularly
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Visiting arrangements for adult and children’s wards
Visiting update- 31 December 2021
The health, wellbeing and safety of all our people, including patients and colleagues continues to be our top priority. We have therefore taken the difficult decision to suspend visiting at the hospital from Saturday 1 January.
We’ve taken this decision to reduce the risk of COVID-19 being introduced into the hospital environment at a time when infections in the community are rising rapidly.
In the following limited circumstances visiting will be possible by arrangement with our wards:
- Patients who are in the last days of life.
- A birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour and also for antenatal scans. Find out more about maternity services
- Patients with a learning disability or autism, where not having visitors will cause the patient distress.
- Parents or guardians supporting children in our paediatric wards or neonatal units (not siblings)
Outside of these exceptions if not allowing a visit would significantly impact on the welfare of a patient we will review requests on a case by case basis.
If you are visiting, please continue to make an appointment with the ward and take a lateral flow test before arriving.
Only patients can attend A&E, except in exceptional circumstances is it vital to the wellbeing of the patient they are accompanied, for example supporting a patient with learning difficulties.
We will be reintroducing virtual visiting facilities in place at both our hospitals so that people can talk to their relatives and see them using computer tablets.
We apologise for having to take this step as we are fully aware of the impact suspending visiting has on our patients and those close to them. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Testing requirements for visitors:
Do not come to the hospital if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or if you feel unwell in any other way. By not attending you can help to keep our vulnerable patients safe.
- Lateral flow testing will be required from Tuesday 14th December for all adult inpatient ward visitors. Any permitted visitors will be required to show evidence of a negative lateral flow test result before you will able to enter the ward. You will need to be able to show the evidence of a negative result via the Government issued text message, email, or if this is not possible you can bring the test in a plastic bag.
Free lateral flow tests can be ordered from the Government website or collected from your local testing site or pharmacy.
If you do visit the hospital please make sure you make sure you wear a face covering or mask.
Visiting arrangements for the Emergency Department
Smoke free environment
End of Life Care
Spiritual and Pastoral Care (Chaplaincy)
Working alongside the Chaplains are Chaplaincy Volunteers who visit the wards during the week and weekends.
We also have a Multi-Faith group, comprised of local people from different faiths (including Bahá’í, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim) who are able to visit in the hospital and minister as requested.
If you would like a Chaplain or a member of the Multi-Faith group to visit, please call us on: 01536 492609, email email@example.com ask a member of staff to contact us on your behalf.