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Visiting policy eased at WVT hospitals

Press release – April 20 2021

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Wye Valley NHS Trust has eased the visiting arrangements at its hospitals in light of falling numbers of Coronavirus patients in its care.

With the number of COVID-19 patients decreasing in recent weeks, the Trust has relaxed visiting restrictions allowing patients who have been in for more than seven days to have a daily visit from a nominated visitor providing this is arranged with the nurse in charge in advance so that social distancing can be maintained.

This applies to the general wards at Hereford County Hospital and the three community hospitals at Ross-on-Wye, Leominster and Bromyard.

A single nominated visitor must be identified and visits must be booked in advance with the nurse in charge.

Lucy Flanagan, Director of Nursing at the Trust, said: “We want to pay tribute to all those patients who have been in hospital during the last few months and who have not been allowed to see visitors.

“We know this hasn’t been easy but want to thank them and their families for respecting the visiting restrictions, this has enabled us to ensure patients are being treated in the safest environment possible.”

While visiting is currently not permitted in specialist areas – for example ITU, Frome Ward, AMU and GAU – restricted visiting will be allowed through individual arrangements that will be made in special circumstances and for patients receiving end of life care.

The Trust has also updated visiting arrangements for the Maternity Ward in light of new national guidance.

In order to maintain safety for women, a support person and staff members, the following arrangements are now in place:

The nominated support person will need to undergo a twice weekly Covid test while their partner remains an inpatient on the maternity ward or delivery suite

  • They should not attend if they have any Covid symptoms
  • We can offer partners one visit per day – they can visit either between 9am and 2pm or between 3pm and 8pm

The visiting arrangements at the Trust’s hospitals are: 

Location

Restrictions

  • Paediatrics

A nominated parent or carer can be present at all times

  • Maternity
  • 1 birth partner can attend delivery suite throughout the stay
  • 1 birth partner can attend triage for labour assessment
  • 1 birth partner can attend for Induction of labour process between 10am-6pm (if in a side room)
  • On the maternity ward:
  • The nominated support person will need to undergo twice weekly Covid testing
  • They should not attend if they have Covid symptoms
  • Partners can visit once per day – either between 9am and 2pm, or between 3pm and 8pm

 

  • 1 birth partner can attend delivery suite throughout the stay
  • 1 birth partner can attend triage for labour assessment
  • 1 birth partner can attend for Induction of labour process between 10am-6pm (if in a side room)
  • On the maternity ward:
  • The nominated support person will need to undergo twice weekly Covid testing
  • They should not attend if they have Covid symptoms
  • Partners can visit once per day – either between 9am and 2pm, or between 3pm and 8pm

 

  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Frome Ward (covid area)
  • Acute Medical Unit
  • Orthopaedic unit
  • GAU  (elective surgery area)

Visiting currently not permitted – however special arrangements will be made for patients receiving end of life care.

  • Monnow Ward
  • Leadon Ward
  • Redbrook Ward
  • Wye Ward
  • Lugg Ward
  • CCU Ward
  • Arrow Ward
  • Teme Ward
  • Frome Ward (covid-free area)

 

  • A daily visit permitted for patients who have been in hospital for 7 days or more
  • A single nominated visitor will be permitted to visit the patient for the duration of their stay (not multiple visitors on different occasions)
  • All visits must be booked by prior appointment with the nurse in charge
  • Visiting hours Monday to Friday 6-7 pm, Sat/Sun 2-3 pm
  • Maximum of two visitors at any one time in multiple bedded bays hence the requirement to book in advance
  • For Leadon and Monnow Ward the maximum number of visitors in the main ward area is 8 (4 per 7 bedded section) plus side rooms
  • Patients who are admitted to our Stroke Unit are also permitted a visit from a nominated individual in the first 24-72 hours of their stay

 

Visiting in the last few days of life

  • Patients who are receiving end of life care will be enabled to have up to a maximum of four nominated visitors

Visiting arrangements at the community hospitals:

 

Site

Time

Max no of visitors per slot

Leominster

3pm-4pm

6pm-7pm

  • A daily visit for patients who have been in hospital for 7 days or more
  • A single nominated visitor will be permitted to visit the patient for the duration of their stay (not multiple visitors on different occasions)
  • All visits must be booked by prior appointment with the nurse in charge

 

Ross

1pm-7pm

Bromyard

1pm-5pm

“Where there are exceptional circumstances we have allowed visitors during the pandemic and this will continue. We understand every patient is different, as are their needs and those of their family members.

“All we ask is that any visit is booked with the nurse in charge first,” added Lucy.

Visitors will also be required to 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.

Ends

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.

For further information please contact:

Fiona Gurney, communications officer, or John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928

Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928
Email: John.Burnett@wvt.nhs.uk

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105
Email: Amanda.Millichip@wvt.nhs.uk

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105
Email:  Fiona.gurney@wvt.nhs.uk

 

Postal address:

Wye Valley NHS Trust
The County Hospital
Trust Headquarters
Union Walk
Hereford
HR1 2ER

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