NHS Fife suspended all visiting at its hospital sites on Tuesday the 24 March 2020. The suspension applies to all hospitals in Fife.
There are a small number of exceptions to our visiting restrictions, and these are listed below:-
- Maternity Ward and Delivery Units – One visitor/ birthing partner is permitted and must remain within the maternity area at all times.
- Neonatal/ Special Care Baby Unit – Only one parent at a time is permitted to visit and should remain with the infant at all times.
- Children’s Ward – Only one parent at a time is permitted to visit and should remain with the child at all times.
- Hospices/ End of Life Care – Visiting arrangements are unchanged.
NHS Fife Nursing Director, Helen Buchanan said:
“In these unprecedented times we are having to take big decisions, often at short notice, to protect those most at risk.
“Our staff are working tirelessly in preparation for an expected rise in Covid-19 cases and whilst stopping visiting may ordinarily seem drastic, the challenges facing us over the coming months make such actions necessary and will enable us to continue to provide a good standard care to those who need it most.
“We do not know how long these arrangements will remain in place it will likely be for a number of weeks.
“In the meantime, we would encourage visitors this evening and tomorrow to consider bringing in technology, such as phones or tablets, which will help ensure patients remain connected to family and friends, along with other essential items”