North East UK news Visiting restrictions to be eased at County Durham and Darlington hospitals MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Patients will now be able to have one visitor per day for up to one hour from Monday
Breaking News ! Visiting restrictions are due to be eased at hospitals across County Durham and Darlington. Restrictions are being relaxed from May 17 for the first time since they were introduced last year to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. Patients will now be able to have one visitor per day for up to one hour, which will apply to young patients in children’s wards, in addition to the resident's parent or carer already permitted. Visitors will also be required to book in advance with the ward team. Noel Scanlon, executive director of nursing, at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Introducing restrictions on our patients receiving visitors was a very difficult decision, made in response to both very worrying Covid infection rates locally, and national guidance. “We know this hasn't been easy for patients and their loved ones, so we're absolutely delighted that, from today, we're able to begin lifting restrictions. “Of course, we all know how quickly infection rates can change so we'll keep a close eye on these to keep patients, our staff - and the wider community - as safe as possible. "From today, and in line with step three of the national lockdown easing, patients will be able to have one visitor per day, for up to an hour. “This will also apply to young patients on our children's wards, in addition to the resident parent or carer already permitted. “Keeping the numbers of people coming into our buildings to a minimum is still important so, for example, it won't be possible for two family members to visit each for 30 minutes. “Visits will also need to be booked in advance with the ward team.
. "Visitors will notice social distancing measures in place, including directional guidance in corridors and a maximum of two people in lifts. “With very few exceptions, face coverings are required in all public areas and hand gel is available and should be applied at our entrances. "It's really important everyone works with us and complies with these measures, social distancing in particular, to minimise the risk of infection - we all need to continue playing our part.
"We also continue to ask families to leave items for patients, other than valuables, with our reception teams, rather than taking them to wards themselves. Our porters are delivering items as soon as possible on the same day. "We'll continue to help patients have virtual visits, using iPads. We're also continuing with our popular Stay in Touch service for relatives to email a message which, if received before 3.00pm, is printed then hand delivered on the same day - helping keep patients connected to loved ones. "We're incredibly grateful for the continued support, patience and understanding from our local communities as we take these cautious steps forward."
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