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.
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham