Update: 3 July 2020
From Saturday 4 July, we are pleased to announce we will be reducing some of the visiting restrictions that have been in place during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Wherever possible, we would still encourage that loved ones avoid face-to-face visits, and instead use the family liaison and remote visiting services we have in place. We know how important contact is for patients and their families and friends, but we do still need to be as careful as we can that COVID-19 does not spread in hospitals.
However, we are now able to permit one visitor per patient for a maximum of one hour per day, between 1600-1900 (4pm-7pm), as long as an appointment is made in advance with the ward staff.
Please telephone to make an appointment with the ward staff between 0900-1100 (9am-11am) in the morning of the day you wish to visit, at the latest. Please make appointments for weekend visits during the week if possible.
Remember, you will need to wear a face covering in the hospital, and maintain social distancing rules of 2 metres throughout any visit.
These new arrangements apply to Maternity visits as well.
The existing restrictions on visitors (see below) will continue to apply in the Emergency Department, where we are unable to accommodate visitors while maintaining social distancing.
Existing arrangements (see below) permitting visits for children, patients with dementia or delirium, learning difficulties, or for those receiving end-of-life care, remain unchanged.
COVID-19: Visiting restrictions across our hospitals
23 March 2020 (Update: 15 May 2020)
We continue to take all necessary precautions to protect our patients and staff during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
To reduce the risk to patients, staff and any visitors and maintain the Government’s direction on social isolation, from 7pm this evening (23 March 2020) no visiting will be allowed at the RDE unless there are:
- Specific reasons of safety (dementia or learning disability where anxiety would be increased significantly)
- In patients under the age of 18 years old (one parent/guardian only)
- A patient receiving end-of-life care*
Even under these circumstances you should not visit if you have a new, persistent cough or high temperature (of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher). Additionally, if you live with someone who has symptoms you will need to stay at home for 14 days starting from the day the first person in your house developed symptoms and should not visit.
We realise that these times can be especially distressing for patients in hospital at the end of their lives, and for their loved ones, and we are sorry that we must restrict visits to hospital to protect patients and staff during the Coronavirus pandemic.
We would like to thank everyone for their support and understanding.
*Following changes to national guidelines, we can now enable patients at RD&E receiving end-of-life care to receive two visitors at the same time. Visitors will be required to wear PPE, and visits must please be arranged in advance with the ward or area of the hospital giving care.