Visitors will be allowed access to ‘Green Areas’ which have been designated as Covid-19-free zones as long as they continue to follow the strict infection control measures that have been put in place.
These measures include wearing a face mask or face covering at all times when on site, keeping 2 metres away from others and practising thorough hand washing or hand sanitising upon entering and leaving both the site and ward areas.
When coming to Trust hospitals, members of the public will be asked to follow new signage that is now in place on all Trust sites to navigate them to departments and wards.
Other measures introduced include limiting visiting to one visitor per patient, per day – and that same visitor must remain consistent for the duration of the inpatient’s stay. At this stage, no children will be allowed to visit. Visiting in adult inpatient wards will last for 1 hour and times will be varied within wards to help maintain social distancing, whilst areas such as maternity post-natal wards will have different visiting times which are listed on the Trust website.
Patients and visitors are advised to check for the most up-to-date information around visiting on the Trust’s website or social media channels before they come to hospital to confirm that they are following the correct guidance and to check that any updated local and national advice hasn’t impacted upon the current plans.
Areas such as Critical Care, or the wards which are treating patients with Covid-19, will be classified as ‘Red Areas’. Visiting restrictions will remain in place in these areas.
“We are so pleased that we have been able to lift some of the restrictions that have been in place for our patients and visitors. While I appreciate that it has been incredibly difficult for inpatients and their loved ones in the past few months, the visiting restrictions have enabled us to keep our patients and staff as safe as possible and reduce the spread of infection."
Caroline Walker, Chief Executive at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust