Following the announcement that Angus and Perth and Kinross are moving to Level 1 of Scottish Government restrictions from midnight tonight, hospital visiting in these local authority areas will be changing from Monday, 7 June.
From Monday, 7 June, inpatients in hospitals in Angus and Perth and Kinross will be able to receive two visitors. This can either be two people from the same household at the same time, or if not from the same household and physical distancing cannot be maintained, visits can take place separately.
This new guidance will be in place in all community hospitals in Angus and Perth and Kinross.
As Dundee remains under Level 2 of the Scottish Government restrictions, arrangements for visiting patients in Dundee hospitals remains the same, with one named visitor allowed.
The Scottish Government guidance on hospital visiting recognises that COVID-19 is still with us and can still be transmitted easily. To reduce risks and protect patients and staff, a staged approach to the reintroduction of family support will be adopted with visitors asked to follow existing infection prevention and control measures.
The following measures will be in place to manage inpatient visiting safely (Angus and Perth and Kinross only):
- Patients in hospital will be able to receive two visitors from the same household at the same time, subject to local risk assessment
- If visitors are not from the same household, and physical distancing cannot be maintained, visits can take place separately
- Visitors should contact the ward to arrange an appointment time to visit and discuss the visiting process. We ask that visitors do not come to the hospital without a prearranged appointment
- No visit will be permitted if a visitor is unwell, has any symptoms of COVID-19, or is quarantining for any reason, including recent international travel
- Patient contact is permitted, such as holding hands, however frequent hand washing and the use of alcohol based hand sanitiser will be required.
- Visitors must wear a fluid resistant face mask (FRSM) at all times. Masks will be provided where required
- Movement around the hospital must be limited as much as possible and any gathering in public areas of the hospital must be avoided, such as corridors, waiting room and concourse areas
- Toilet facilities for public use will be available
- Visitors will have to provide details for Test and Protect requirements
Maternity services visiting arrangements (Angus and Perth and Kinross only):
- Pregnant women may identify a supportive person to accompany them to all scans and antenatal appointments
- Pregnant women may identify one designated support person/birth partner to accompany them in labour
- A second birth partner may also attend – please speak to your midwife to arrange
- Pregnant women may identify a support person to visit on the postnatal ward at any time
- An additional designated support person is welcome to visit the postnatal ward between 1pm and 6pm
- No children should be brought to appointments, labour or postnatal areas
- Please do not hesitate to speak with your midwife or the midwife in charge if you need to discuss these arrangements
NHS Tayside’s Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Claire Pearce, said, “I am delighted to be able to carefully welcome back more visitors into our Angus and Perth and Kinross hospitals as we understand the comfort and support that family members and loved ones provide to people in hospital.
“However, with rates of COVID-19 increasing in parts of Tayside, it is vital that we follow Scottish Government guidance and keep our patients, staff and the public safe. I would ask all visitors to carefully follow the guidance and infection control measures in place.
“Where appropriate we will continue to offer virtual visiting for patients using telephones, tablets and laptops to allow people to keep in touch with their loved ones.”
“If anyone has any questions about visiting arrangements then they should speak to the nurse in charge of the ward.”