13th Aug, 2020

Visiting to stay restricted at local hospitals despite lockdown easing

Ross Crawford 10th Jul, 2020

VISITING will continue to be restricted in local hospitals and healthcare settings across Worcestershire.

Restrictions to visiting were introduced at the end of March in response to the Covid-19 outbreak to help protect patients and staff and to minimise the spread of infection.

Although local cases remain low, healthcare leaders have decided to stick with the current restrictions.

This means visiting at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, The Alexandra Hospital, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre, and the Community Hospitals and mental health units across both counties remain closed to visitors.

While the restrictions have been in place, hospitals have rolled out virtual visiting where families have been able to keep in touch with loved ones in hospital via video.

Dr Ian Tait, Chair of NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG said: “Whilst we understand the valuable role visitors play in a patient’s recovery, the safety of our patients and staff is the top priority.

“Even though local case numbers are low we are taking a cautious approach and visiting remains restricted, therefore please continue to make use of the great technology available to voice and video call your loved ones to stay in touch.”

Exceptions to the restrictions also remain unchanged and include:

• Families wishing to visit relatives receiving end of life care

• For maternity patients – a visit by a birthing partner only (birthing partners can be present during the birth)

• For paediatric patients – a visit by one parent only where possible

• Patients coming in for an appointment are also asked not to bring anyone else in to the hospital if at all possible

In addition, anyone attending a local healthcare setting, for example A&E, a Minor Injury Unit or for an outpatient appointment, is also required to wear a face mask/covering before entering buildings.

Posters and notices will be on display on entrances informing people to wear their mask or covering.

If people do not have a mask one will be provide.

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