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Press release – March 23 2020
Hospitals across Herefordshire have announced that they are stopping visitors from tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24.
Wye Valley NHS Trust leaders say that the action is a responsible and proactive measure to take as part of coronavirus (COVID-19) preparedness.
The policy will apply to Hereford County Hospital and the three community hospitals in the county:
It will also apply to the county’s mental health inpatient units:
- Oak House
Alongside the above, there will be special allowances made for birthing partners, parents of patients under the age of 18, relatives collecting patients on discharge and those at the end of life. These will be restricted and visits must be pre-arranged with the nurse in charge.
Our Maternity ward will implement the following restrictions:
- Only one visitor can accompany people in labour
- Only one nominated person/partner can visit the maternity ward, the delivery suite
- No children or young people under the age of 16 are allowed
Children's ward at Hereford County Hospital
The children's ward at WVT will implement the following restrictions:
- Only one parent or carer is allowed per child
- No siblings or young people under the age of 16 are allowed
In exceptional circumstances, these restrictions will be reviewed on an individual basis which will be agreed with the nurse in charge.
For advice from Public Health England visit www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public#what-to-do-if-you-have-symptoms
Notes to Editors WVT:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
- By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
- With an estimated annual turnover of around £185 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
Herefordshire Mental Health and Learning Disability Services are provided as part of Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust:
- Herefordshire MH & LD Services provide mental health and learning disability services across Herefordshire.
- They employ around 400 staff in providing these services across Herefordshire
- They work closely as partners within the Herefordshire health care system supporting people within the community and within their inpatient services.
For further information please contact:
Fiona Gurney, communications officer, or John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928