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NHS Tayside Opens up on Visitors

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NHS Tayside is relaxing its rules on visitors in hospitals as part of a phased return to normal hospital visits.

This means allowing visitors who aren’t from the same household and letting in two unnamed visitors in as well.

NHS Tayside’s Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Claire Pearce, said, “It is important for anyone visiting a relative or loved one to remember that there continue to be extra infection prevention measures in place in our hospitals to make sure we keep everyone safe. We are grateful for everyone’s understanding and support in following the rules we have in place.

“Where in-person visiting is not possible, we will continue to enable contact and support through virtual visiting for patients using telephones, tablets and laptops so that people to keep in touch with their loved ones.” 

However, NHS Tayside continues to emphasise their commitment to keeping their hospitals a safe place.

They listed the rules as follows:

  • Patients in hospital will be able to have two people to visit – they no longer have to be named or from the same household to visit a patient at the same time. 
  •   Visitors should contact the ward to arrange an appointment time to visit and discuss the visiting process. 
  • No visit will be permitted if a visitor is unwell, has symptoms of COVID-19, or is currently in isolation. 
  • Visitors must maintain 1 metre physical distancing in all communal areas of the hospital 
  • Visitors must wear a fluid resistant face mask at all times. Masks are provided at our hospital entrances. 
  • Wash your hands frequently and use the alcohol-based hand sanitiser. 
  • 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. 
  • Public toilet facilities are open. 
  • Outpatient appointments should be attended alone, unless essential support is required.

Rules for maternity wards are as follows: 

  • Pregnant women may identify one support person to accompany them to all scans and antenatal appointments
  • Pregnant women may identify one birth partner to accompany them throughout labour and birth. A second birth partner may also attend – please speak to your midwife to arrange
  • Pregnant women may identify one support person to visit on the postnatal ward at any time
  • Any two additional visitors are welcome to visit the postnatal ward between 1pm and 6pm
  • In neonatal units, both parents are welcome to be with baby at any time. Two additional visitors may be permitted to visit, following local risk assessment. Please speak to the neonatal nursing team to discuss arrangements.

Visiting will continue to be by appointment only and visitors should contact the ward Senior Charge Nurse/Midwife to arrange a time to visit. This will ensure that wards are not overcrowded and staff can make sure everyone is following the physical distancing rules.

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