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NHS Tayside suspends visting across all hospitals

NHS Tayside has taken the decision to suspend all visiting times for inpatient wards in all hospitals across Tayside to limit the spread of coronavirus and to protect vulnerable patients. This will come into effect from Thursday, 19 March.

We know that patients and families may have concerns but we hope everyone understand that we have taken this difficult decision to help protect our patients and staff as it will further reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals each day.

Visiting will continue in specific circumstances; for example patients receiving end-of-life care or those accompanying partners during childbirth. This would be agreed following discussions with the senior charge nurse/midwife responsible for the clinical area.

If anyone has any further questions about visiting arrangements please speak to the nurse in charge of the ward.

NHS Tayside’s Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Claire Pearce, said: “We understand that suspending visiting will impact on families and patients and we know that not being able to visit family members whilst they are in hospital may be upsetting.  We hope that they will understand that we have made this very difficult decision in the best interests of our patients.

“We would like to remind everyone coming into hospital to follow NHS Tayside’s hand hygiene and hand washing advice and we asking everyone not to visit our hospitals if they have any flu-like symptoms, a cough, a fever or a cold – or if they generally feel unwell.”

Additional information: - changes to visiting and appointments in NHS Tayside Maternity services and Early Pregnancy Services.

In order to minimise the potential risks to women and their families and ensure NHS Tayside can continue to provide Maternity and Early Pregnancy services, it has been decided to change our visiting policies and our policies and usual arrangements for attending pregnancy appointments.

Changes around the number of visitors will apply in the following areas:

Early pregnancy appointments with the early pregnancy service - women attend alone

All ultrasound Scan appointment - women attend alone All antenatal clinic appointments across community (GPs) and hospital settings including Perth and Angus Community Maternity Units - women will attend alone Postnatal and antenatal wards and areas - one NAMED visitor In labour - one NAMED birth partner for women having induction of labour or women admitted in early labour and once a woman is in labour - one NAMED birth partner

No children will be admitted in any areas

Chief Executive Grant Archibald has also provided an update in 

NHS Tayside’s new ‘Covid-cast’.


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