With the move to Level Zero, we understand visitors will be looking for new freedoms around visiting patients in hospital. Whilst our desire is to get back to full unrestricted visiting, there are still risks due to the current level of community transmission. In order to maintain the safety of our staff and patients we will continue to maintain some level of restriction on visiting at this time.
The current restrictions are summarised below:
- All patients can receive a visit from 1 named visitor per day. We recognised the importance of being flexible in our approach to visiting therefore the named visitor can change each day. Example - a spouse could visit a patient one day, followed by a friend or another family member the next day
- While social distance in the community has reduced, visitors must wherever possible maintain the physical distancing of 2 metres when in the hospital
- Hand hygiene measures will continue
- All visitors must wear a fluid resistant mask or any other PPE as indicated by the clinical team
- Movement around the hospital will be limited
- No use of patient WCs
- With appropriate infection control procedures in place, visitors will be able to have close contacts such as hand holding.
- Physical distancing should be adhered to in all communal areas
- Any person confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 symptoms must not attend the hospital. This includes those self-isolating.
- Special arrangement are in place for those visiting from a country where quarantine is required if the visit is for essential purposes. i.e end of life. Please discuss this with the Senor Charge Nurse on the ward. Further information can be obtained from the Scottish Government website.
- Catering facilities will not be available.
- Visitors should not to bring in food parcels, flowers, helium balloons or similar items.
For a comprehensive guide to visiting, see our Visiting page. We are committed to reinstating full unrestricted visiting and will continue to review our situation on a weekly basis. We thank you for your continued patience and for your help in keeping staff, visitors and importantly, patients as safe as possible.