Hospital visiting update for NHS Tayside

 

Due to rising cases of COVID-19 in communities throughout Tayside, the decision has been made to follow the Scottish Government Level 2 hospital visiting guidance across the region.

From Saturday, 12 June inpatients in NHS Tayside hospitals will be able to receive one visitor. Visitors should contact the ward to arrange an appointment time to visit and discuss the visiting process. We ask that visitors do not come to the hospital without a prearranged appointment.

The Scottish Government guidance on hospital visiting recognises that COVID-19 is still with us and can still be transmitted easily. To reduce risks and protect patients, families and staff, we will continue to balance visiting with the ongoing risks of COVID-19. Where local risk assessment indicates that it is necessary to restrict visiting, essential visiting will continue.

The following measures will be in place to manage inpatient visiting safely:

  • Patients in hospital will be able to receive one visitor, subject to local risk assessment
  • No visit will be permitted if a visitor is unwell, has any symptoms of COVID-19, or is quarantining for any reason, including recent international travel
  • Visitors must wear a fluid resistant face mask (FRSM) at all times. Masks will be provided where required
  • Movement around the hospital must be limited as much as possible and any gathering in public areas of the hospital must be avoided, such as corridors, waiting room and concourse areas
  • Toilet facilities for public use will be available
  • Visitors will have to provide details for Test and Protect requirements
  • Children must not visit at anytime

Maternity services visiting arrangements:

  • Pregnant women may identify a supportive person to accompany them to all scans and antenatal appointments
  • Pregnant women may identify one designated support person/birth partner to accompany them in labour
  • A second birth partner may also attend – please speak to your midwife to arrange
  • Pregnant women may identify a support person to visit on the postnatal ward at any time
  • An additional designated support person is welcome to visit the postnatal ward between 1pm and 6pm
  • No children should be brought to appointments, labour or postnatal areas

Please do not hesitate to speak with your midwife or the midwife in charge if you need to discuss these arrangements

NHS Tayside’s Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Claire Pearce, said, “Due to rising cases of COVID-19 in Tayside it is vital that we keep our patients, staff and the public safe. I would ask all visitors to carefully follow the guidance and infection control measures that are in place.

“We understand that these changes to visiting may be upsetting, but we have made this decision in the best interests of our patients.

“Where appropriate we will continue to offer virtual visiting for patients using telephones, tablets and laptops to allow people to keep in touch with their loved ones.”

“If anyone has any questions about visiting arrangements then they should speak to the nurse in charge of the ward.”