Inpatients across Perth and Kinross will now be able to receive two visitors at a time during their stay at hospital.
That means two people from one household can visit a patient at a time or two people from different households can visit separately if there’s not enough space to socially distance.
NHS Tayside’s Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Claire Pearce, said, “I am delighted to be able to carefully welcome back more visitors into our Angus and Perth and Kinross hospitals as we understand the comfort and support that family members and loved ones provide to people in hospital.
“However, with rates of COVID-19 increasing in parts of Tayside, 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.
“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.”
Visitors will be asked to sign in to record track and trace, maintain hygiene with hand sanitiser and wear a mask during their trip to the hospital.
They also ask that people keep their movement around the hospital to a minimum and that people avoid gathering in areas such as waiting rooms.
However, they can’t allow people who are shielding or unwell to visit.
For pregnant women, they boke their guidance down into bullet points:
· 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
This change can now happen since Perth and Kinross has moved into level 2 Coronavirus restrictions.