Hospitals across NHS Tayside are reopening their wards to visitors this week after the Scottish Government updated Scotland’s COVID restrictions.
From Monday, NHS Tayside enters the first phase of reopening to visitors and reintroducing family support to their care.
NHS Tayside’s Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Claire Pearce, said, “I am delighted to be able to carefully welcome back visitors into our hospitals as we understand the comfort and support that family members and loved ones provide to people in hospital.
“However, it is vital that we follow Scottish Government guidance and keep our patients, staff and the public safe. I would ask all visitors to carefully follow the guidance and infection control measures in place.
Now locals looking to meet with people being treated by NHS Tayside can book to make an appointment with a named person.
However, the hospitals have strict rules in place, such as no one with COVID symptoms or is shielding may visit.
Social distancing must be observed as well ‘fluid resistant face mask’ must be worn at all times.
Hand sanitiser can be found around their hospitals and must be used frequently and rigorously.
Some other restrictions include ‘movement around the hospital must be limited as much as possible and any gathering in public areas of the hospital must be avoided, visitors will not have access to staff dining areas, toilet facilities for public use only will be available and visitors will have to provide details for Test and Protect requirements.’
Pregnant women are allowed one designated person to accompany them to antenatal appointments. As well as one designated visitor during labour.
Then one designated visitor can visit in the postnatal ward between 1pm and 6pm.
On top of that ‘designated visitors should be the same person throughout your pregnancy journey and stay, no children should be brought to appointments, labour or postnatal areas, in neonatal units, baby’s mother and one other nominated visitor will be allowed.’
Claire Pearce added: “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.”