New Visiting Arrangements at County’s Hospitals from 1 April 2022

Apr 4, 2022 | GHC, Gloucestershire, Hospitals, Visiting

Following publication of the Government’s updated ‘Living with Covid’ guidance, visiting arrangements in the county’s hospitals are being amended from Friday 1 April.

The more relaxed arrangements will generally mean that two visitors can visit one patient for one hour a day at a prearranged time between 11am and 8pm. However, visits will still need to be booked in advance and visitors will still need to wear face masks, maintain social distancing whenever possible and comply with any further instructions from ward staff to reduce the risk of infection. Importantly, anyone displaying symptoms of Covid or any other respiratory infection will be asked to stay away.

John Trevains, Director of Nursing, Therapies and Quality at Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “While we can relax our visiting arrangements slightly from Friday, we do still need to be aware that there are high levels of Covid circulating in the community. Many of our patients are clinically vulnerable and more likely to both catch Covid and suffer more serious consequences if they do, so we’d like to ask everyone to cooperate in keeping both our patients and our staff free from infection as much as we can.”

From Friday 1 April 2022 onwards, visiting guidance for adult inpatient areas is as follows:

  • Two visitors can visit one patient for one hour a day at a prearranged time between 11am and 8pm (noting individual wards may have different times for visiting dependant on specific patient treatment issues)
  • Visits should be booked in advance via ward staff
  • Visitors must wear a type IIR surgical mask throughout the duration of their visit and keep 1-2 metres away from other people wherever possible
  • Visitors are not required to be same person for all visits
  • We ask all visitors to sanitise their hands on entering and leaving the ward with alcohol hand sanitiser outside each ward and department
  • Anyone who cannot wear a surgical face mask cannot visit unless this has first been discussed and agreed with the Infection Prevention and Control Team (the Nurse in charge must have this discussion first prior to arrangement of a visit)
  • If you would like to request a visit for exceptional reasons, longer duration of visit  or to provide personal care and support to a vulnerable patient, please speak to the nurse in charge of the ward.

Please do not visit if:

  • You have tested positive for COVID-19, including via a lateral flow test or PCR
  • You are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or other respiratory infection or illness
  • Visitors who were previously shielding should remain cautious about visiting and have strict adherence to the social distancing, face mask and hand hygiene guidelines.

The updated arrangements will apply to the seven community hospitals in the county:

  • Cirencester
  • The Dilke (Cinderford)
  • Lydney
  • North Cotswolds (Moreton-in-Marsh)
  • Stroud
  • Tewkesbury
  • The Vale (Dursley)

They are also applicable to the county’s mental health and learning disability inpatient units:

  • Wotton Lawn (Gloucester)
  • Charlton Lane (Cheltenham)
  • Berkeley House (Stroud)
  • Laurel House (Cheltenham)
  • Honeybourne (Cheltenham)
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