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Visiting restrictions

Visiting eased further at WVT hospitals - updated 10/08/22

For ward closures - see table below.

23/5/22 - Wye Valley NHS Trust is pleased to be able further ease visiting arrangements at its hospitals, which means that inpatients can now have two daily visits from a family member or friend from the first day of their hospital stay.

The visitor must be aged 16 or over and it can be a different visitor for each of these visits - patients no longer need to nominate a single visitor.  All visits must be arranged in advance with the nurse in charge so that social distancing can be maintained.

The new arrangements apply to the general wards at Hereford County Hospital and the three community hospitals at Ross-on-Wye, Leominster and Bromyard.

  • any visit must be booked with the nurse in charge first and visitors must wear a surgical mask and maintain good hand hygiene.
  • Patients will also be required to wear a surgical mask during the visit if clinically appropriate.
  • Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to visit, unless they are attending in a caring capacity. However, a parent with babes-in-arms (up to one year of age), who is visiting one of the areas below, in line with the visiting restrictions in place, will be supported to do so.
  • Importantly, anyone with a COVID positive test or showing symptoms of coronavirus, or if they feel unwell with another illness, must not visit our hospitals or wards, even if these symptoms are mild or intermittent, due to the risk they pose to others.

The updated visiting arrangements at the Trust’s hospitals are:

Location  Restrictions
  • Paediatrics – County Hospital
UPDATED 30/6/22 - Two parents can now be present together at the same time. However, this does need to be agreed in advance with the nurse in charge and to maintain social distancing on the areas of the ward.  Siblings are not permitted other than in exceptional circumstances.

  • Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) – County Hospital
Parents can be present at all times.  More information is available on the SCBU page.

UPDATED 22/6/22 - Siblings and grandparents are permitted to visit.  However, this does need to be arranged in advance with the midwife in charge.

  • Maternity – County Hospital 
  • 2 x support person can attend delivery suite throughout the stay
  • 1 x support person can attend triage for labour assessment
  • 1 x support person can attend for Induction of labour process (although restrictions may exist and booking slots may need to be agreed with midwife in charge)

On the maternity ward: UPDATED 27/5/22

  • They should not attend if they have Covid symptoms
  • 1 x designated support person can visit during the period 9am to 9pm (this cannot be different visitors/support person)
  • Outbreaks

In the event a ward has an outbreak, it will be closed to visitors for a short period of time.  This will be publicised on our website and relatives/visitors will also be notified of this by the nurse in charge. 

Virtual visiting would be available in these circumstances

Special provision would be made for end of life or other compassionate grounds

  • CCU - County Hospital

Two daily visits are permitted for patients staying in hospital from the first day of their stay.  However, patients can only have a single visitor at any one time but this can be a different visitor for the two maximum visits per day

All visits must be booked by prior appointment with the nurse in charge

Visiting hours daily from 10am until 1pm and 4pm-8pm

  • County Hospital:


    Acute Medical Unit

    Redbrook Ward

    Orthopaedic unit

    Teme Ward

    Wye Ward

    Arrow Ward 

    Lugg Ward

    Women's Health Ward (located on Frome Ward 1st floor)

    Frome Ward (surgical)

    Gilwern Ward

  • Garway Ward

    Dinmore Ward

    Ashgrove

  • Two daily visits are permitted for patients staying in hospital from the first day of their stay.  However, patients can only have a single visitor at any one time but this can be a different visitor for the two maximum visits per day

    All visits must be booked by prior appointment with the nurse in charge

    Visiting hours daily from 2pm-5pm and 7pm-8pm  
  • Intensive Care Unit 

The nurse in charge of the patient’s care will undertake a risk assessment and make a decision on a case by case basis

  • Emergency        Department

There are no specific visiting times - patients in ED can be escorted by one relative/carer while they receive treatment in the department

Community hospitals

 

  • Leominster 


Visitng times - 2pm to 5pm and 6pm to 7pm

Two daily visits are permitted for patients staying in hospital from the first day of their stay

However, patients can only have a single visitor at any one time, but this can be a different visitor for the two maximum visits per day

All visits must be booked by prior arrangement with the nurse in charge

 

 
  • Bromyard

 

Visiting times - 2pm to 5pm and 6pm to 7pm

 

Two daily visits are permitted for patients staying in hospital from the first day of their stay

However, patients can only have a single visitor at any one time, but this can be a different visitor for the two maximum visits per day

All visits must be booked by prior arrangement with the nurse in charge

 

  • Ross on Wye 

 

Visiting times - 2pm to 5pm and 6pm to 7pm 

Two daily visits are permitted for patients staying in hospital from the first day of their stay

However, patients can only have a single visitor at any one time, but this can be a different visitor for the two maximum visits per day

All visits must be booked by prior arrangement with the nurse in charge

 

 

 

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