Due to the significant increase in COVID-19 cases we have made
the extremely difficult decision to temporarily suspend visiting to
adult inpatient wards within County Durham and Darlington NHS
Foundation Trust, effective immediately.
Restricting visiting is not an easy decision, but we need to act
to help protect our patients and our workforce.
We very much recognise the many benefits visitors can bring to a
patient's care and wellbeing; but we must also maintain our duty of
care to protect our own people and all patients by minimising the
risk of the spread of infection. We know this is very difficult for
loved ones. We have iPads available on our wards so patients can be
visited virtually and messages and photographs can also be shared
through our popular 'Stay in Touch' scheme.
We do have some exceptions to visiting restrictions in place
which are listed below:
We will continue to monitor and consider this position to look
at the possible, safe reintroduction of visiting and how this would
be managed. Current restrictions will remain in place while
community prevalence, hospital admissions and outbreaks remain
high. Please be kind to our colleagues when they are making
arrangements with you, they are following our guidelines to help
protect all patients.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community