NHS Tayside hospital visiting update

The majority of patients in Tayside will now be able to have any two visitors with the requirement for named visitors now removed. Visitors attending at the same time no longer have to be from the same household.  

The new visiting arrangements will mean that inpatients can receive visits from people from more than one household at a time and will remove the need for designated visitors to be named. Visiting continues to be introduced in a phased approach in line with national guidance to ensure a person centred approach.  

Although many restrictions have eased in our communities, there are still strict infection prevention and control measures in place in our hospitals which are in place to keep our patients and staff safe.  

Visiting will continue to be by appointment only and visitors should contact the ward Senior Charge Nurse/Midwife to arrange a time to visit. This will ensure that wards are not overcrowded and staff can make sure everyone is following the physical distancing rules.  

There may be some circumstances where it is still not safe for a patient to have a visitor; if this is the case, we will tell you why and keep it under review where possible.   

The following measures will be in place to manage patient visiting safely:  

  • Patients in hospital will be able to have two people to visit – they no longer have to be named or from the same household to visit a patient at the same time.  
  • Visitors should contact the ward to arrange an appointment time to visit and discuss the visiting process.  
  • No visit will be permitted if a visitor is unwell, has symptoms of COVID-19, or is currently in isolation.  
  • Visitors must maintain 1 metre physical distancing in all communal areas of the hospital  
  • Visitors must wear a fluid resistant face mask at all times. Masks are provided at our hospital entrances.  
  • Wash your hands frequently and use the alcohol-based hand sanitiser.  
  • Movement around the hospital must be limited as much as possible and any gathering in public areas of the hospital must be avoided.  
  • Visitors will not have access to staff dining areas.  
  • Public toilet facilities are open.  
  • Outpatient appointments should be attended alone, unless essential support is required.  

Maternity and neonatal services visiting arrangements:  

  • Pregnant women may identify one support person to accompany them to all scans and antenatal appointments
  • Pregnant women may identify one birth partner to accompany them throughout labour and birth. A second birth partner may also attend – please speak to your midwife to arrange
  • Pregnant women may identify one support person to visit on the postnatal ward at any time
  • Any two additional visitors are welcome to visit the postnatal ward between 1pm and 6pm
  • In neonatal units, both parents are welcome to be with baby at any time. Two additional visitors may be permitted to visit, following local risk assessment. Please speak to the neonatal nursing team to discuss arrangements.  

NHS Tayside’s Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Claire Pearce, said, “It is important for anyone visiting a relative or loved one to remember that there continue to be extra infection prevention measures in place in our hospitals to make sure we keep everyone safe. We are grateful for everyone’s understanding and support in following the rules we have in place.

“Where in person visiting is not possible, we will continue to enable contact and support through virtual visiting for patients using telephones, tablets and laptops so that people to keep in touch with their loved ones.”  

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

Patients should continue to attend hospital for outpatient clinic appointments and for planned procedures. However, if you have an appointment at one of our clinics or departments, please attend alone. The exception to this is for children and vulnerable adults, who can be accompanied by one essential person.  

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