UPDATED: Tuesday 6 July 2021
Visiting restrictions across our adult
inpatient wards have been reintroduced. County Durham now has one
of the highest community rates of COVID-19. 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. Weekly consideration is being
given to this position to look at possible, safe re-introduction
and how this would be managed. Current restrictions will remain in
place while community prevalence, hospital admissions &
outbreaks remain high.
We know this is very difficult for loved ones. We do have some
exceptions in place which are listed below. If you have any
concerns then please discuss them with the ward manager.
We have ipads available on our wards so you can visit virtually
with loved ones and you can also send messages and photographs
through our 'Stay in Touch' scheme.
Exceptions to visiting restrictions:
Reviewed: Monday 20 September, 2021
Published: May 2021
As tentative steps out of lockdown continue, we are easing some
of the visitor restrictions introduced last year to help reduce the
spread of Covid-19.
Introducing restrictions on our patients receiving
visitors was a very difficult decision, made in response to
both very worrying Covid infection rates locally, and national
guidance. We know this hasn't been easy for patients and
their loved ones, so we're absolutely delighted that, from today,
we're able to begin lifting restrictions. Of course, we all
know how quickly infection rates can change so we'll keep a close
eye on these to keep patients, our staff - and the wider community
- as safe as possible.
From Monday 17 May, and in line with step three of the national
lockdown easing, patients will be able to have one visitor per day,
for up to an hour.
This will also apply to young patients on our children's wards,
in addition to the resident parent or carer already permitted.
Keeping the numbers of people coming into our buildings to a
minimum is still important so, for example, it won't be possible
for two family members to each visit for 30 minutes.
Visits will also need to be booked in advance with the ward
Our maternity, post-natal and neonatal teams are also relaxing
some restrictions - we ask people to contact their midwife or ask
ward staff for details. CLICK HERE for more information.
'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