NHS Tayside hospital visiting update

Following the Scottish Government’s updated advice on hospital visiting, NHS Tayside is reintroducing visiting across all hospitals with patients allowed one named visitor by appointment. The new visiting arrangements will come into effect from Monday, 26 April 2021.

The Scottish Government guidance on hospital visiting recognises that COVID-19 is still with us and can 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.

Visiting in this first phase will be by appointment only and visitors must contact the ward to arrange a time to visit.

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

  • Patients in hospital will be able to choose a named person to visit
  • 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 quarantining
  • Visitors must maintain physical distancing in all communal areas of the hospital
  • Visitors must wear a fluid resistant face mask (FRSM) at all times. Masks will be provided where required
  • Frequent hand washing and the use of alcohol based hand sanitiser will be required
  • 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
  • Toilet facilities for public use only will be available
  • Visitors will have to provide details for Test and Protect requirements

Maternity services visiting arrangements:

  • Pregnant women may identify one designated visitor to accompany them to all scans and antenatal appointments
  • Pregnant women may identify one designated visitor/birth partner to accompany them in labour
  • Pregnant women may identify one designated visitor to visit on the postnatal ward between 1pm
    and 6pm
  • Designated visitors should be the same person throughout your pregnancy journey and stay
  • No children should be brought to appointments, labour or postnatal areas
  • In neonatal units, baby’s mother and one other nominated visitor will be allowed

NHS Tayside’s Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Claire Pearce, said, “I am delighted to be able to carefully welcome back visitors into our hospitals as we understand the comfort and support that family members and loved ones provide to people in hospital.

“However, 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 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.