Hospitals across County Durham and Darlington are introducing
some new arrangements from Monday 15 June 2020 as part of their
continued response to the Covid-19 pandemic. From 15 June, in
a change to visiting restrictions, all patients will be allowed a
one hour visit per day by a relative or close friend.
Allowances for visiting arrangements already in place for parents
of sick children, women in labour and patients receiving end of
life care will continue.
Visitors are asked to telephone the hospital ward before
Anyone attending hospital for any purpose should also note
national guidance requires them to wear a face covering at all
times during any hospital attendance from Monday 15 June
2020. This can be a scarf, bandana or fabric mask etc.
In the interests of social distancing patients attending an
outpatient appointment or the Trust's emergency departments are
asked to attend on their own unless they need the support of a
parent, carer or advocate.
Noel Scanlon, Executive Director of Nursing at County Durham
& Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, said "We recognise that the
suspension of visiting has been distressing for many patients and
those close to them. We hope this change to visiting restrictions
will help families.
"It's important to note, however, that while the number of cases
of Covid-19 nationally may be going down, there's a long way to go
and it still poses a significant threat to patients and our staff.
Minimising hospital transmission continues to be one of our
priorities and, hopefully, will also help increase public
confidence in accessing our services once again."
Published: 12 June 2020
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