We have updated our visiting guidance in response to ‘Enabling Safer Visiting’, issued by Department of Health NI.
To ensure the safety of patients, their relatives and staff, while valuing the real benefits that visiting brings to patients and their loved ones while in our care, we encourage visitors to continue to phone in to book their visit (the booking number will be provided by ward staff).
Every effort shall be made to facilitate visiting that meets patients’ wishes as visitors are an important part of the recovery process.
In addition we ask that:
- Patients inform nursing staff of their preferred visiting arrangements
- Visitors engage with nursing staff around visiting as partners in care
- Visitors stay at home if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID 19 or any other illness, even if these symptoms are mild and unconfirmed.
- Visitors adhere to good infection prevention and control practice by wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for the duration of the visit (as advised following a risk assessment and provided in the donning area)
- Visitors make themselves aware of the risks involved in visiting their loved one, and work with the ward/care setting
- Visitors wash hands or use alcohol hand rub before visiting, when leaving and after removing Personal Protective Equipment.
- Visitors respect other patients and staff to try to protect their health, including maintaining a good distance from other patients/residents and staff
The Infection Prevention and Control Team may on occasions recommend that visiting arrangements are changed for short periods of time. In these instances, staff will inform patients so they can advise their visitors and those that have booked will be alerted by the schedulers.
Children will be facilitated to visit in exceptional circumstances following discussion with the nurse in charge.
Please see below for specific arrangements for individual areas: