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NHS Tayside Release New Update on Hospital Visiting Guidelines

Following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions across Scotland NHS Tayside has updated it guidance for visiting patients in Hospital, with an exception for a small number of services.

The update means that from Friday 10th of June, residents of Highland Perthshire and beyond will no longer need to book an appointment before visiting the inpatient wards at hospitals including Pitlochry Community Hospital, PRI and Ninewells.

The change in guidance does not apply to Oncology, Haematology and Renal, where appointments are required.

The following measures are in place to manage patient visiting safely:

  • Visitors are recommended to take a lateral flow test before visiting anyone in hospital. Visitors can order their tests online or by calling 119.
  • Visitors may touch loved ones, however, are reminded that maintaining a one metre or more distance will reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
  • No visit will be permitted if a visitor is unwell, has symptoms of COVID-19, or is currently in isolation.
  • Visitors must always wear a fluid resistant face mask. Masks are provided at the 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.
  • Public toilet facilities are open.

There are also some measures in place on Maternity and Neonatal wards these are:

  • All visitors should use an LFD test ahead of visiting and have received a negative result.
  • 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.
  • All birth partners should use a LFD test prior to attending in labour and have received a negative result.
  • Women may identify one support person to visit on the postnatal ward at any time.
  • Any additional visitors are welcome to visit the postnatal ward between 1pm and 6pm with no more than two people per woman at any one time (includes essential birth partner).
  • One sibling per day is welcome to visit their new brother or sister on the postnatal ward 
  • 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. 
  • Only one sibling can visit per day unless under exceptional circumstances in the neonatal unit.
  • Please speak to the neonatal nursing team to discuss arrangements. 

If anyone has any questions about the guidance for visiting arrangements, they should speak to the nurse in charge of the ward.

Patients should continue to attend hospital for outpatient clinic appointments and any planned procedures. However, patients are asked to attend appointments alone, with an exception for children and vulnerable adults, who can be accompanied by one essential person.

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