Publish date: 14 July 2021

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Ahead of the 19 July date for the Government’s planned roadmap out of public restrictions, due to the current rate of community infections and presentation of COVID-19 across our region we will continue to restrict visiting to maintain patient safety and reduce the risk of spread within our hospitals, as well as maintaining a number of other measures aimed at keeping patients and staff safe.

Visitors should observe strict two metre safe distancing principles whilst moving around the Trust sites, wear face coverings and adhere to strict handwashing on entering and leaving the hospital and clinical areas.

The following standards should be observed:

  • A maximum of two visitors for patients at the end of their life
  • One birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour
  • One partner accompanying a woman to antenatal scans - risk assessments of environments should be undertaken
  • One parent or appropriate adult visiting a child, this may include multiple parents although only one may be present at any time, this also includes neonatal services
  • One carer supporting someone with mental health issues or dementia, learning disability, autism or other similar complex conditions where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed
  • In exceptional cases consideration will be given to individual requests following a comprehensive risk assessment.