In light of the decision to move Gloucestershire into Tier 4 as of 00:01 on Thursday 31 December, the Trust would like to reiterate the impact of these restrictions on visiting to our hospitals.
Visiting arrangements for adult in-patient settings (including mental health and learning disability inpatient units):
- General visiting to adult wards is suspended during the Tier 4 Period for Gloucestershire.
- By arrangement with the nurse-in-charge and agreement with the multi-disciplinary team, limited visiting is allowed for adults who require support in special circumstances by an established carer who is a household member or a member of their support bubble as described below:
- Patients with dementia, delirium or cognitive impairment that require support from an established carer in accordance with the principles of John’s campaign.
- Patients with mental health needs who require support from an established carer.
- Patients with autism or learning disabilities who require support from an established carer.
- Visiting is allowed for those receiving especially bad news or for those patients who are at the end of their life. This should be limited to household members or members of the support bubble. Limited to two individuals at a time.
- Visiting to Coronavirus Wards or to patients exposed to Coronavirus is not permitted. It is expected that the majority of those wishing to visit a patient with confirmed Coronavirus would be self-isolating. However, if any requests are made to visit patients with Coronavirus, they must come through the nurse in charge of the ward, who will take advice from the Infection Prevention and Control Team.
The Trust asks all visitors, as well as patients attending appointments, to wear a face covering and comply with social distancing and hand hygiene guidance as advised by our staff.
During a period of self-isolation, visiting is not allowed under any circumstances in accordance with the national regulations.
It is important that people of all ages still attend medical appointments and patients can be reassured that, due to careful infection prevention and control procedures, transmission rates in our hospitals remain very low. Those attending appointments are encouraged to attend alone whenever possible, to reduce the number of people in hospital buildings.