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.