Hospitals across Lanarkshire will return on a limited visit as the number of cases of covid 19 continues to rise.
Patients will receive only one dedicated visitor per day if they are currently staying at NHS Lanarkshire Hospital. This may change on a daily basis, but it should be the same visitor who attends.
They may have close contact with their loved one, but the appointment will only be by appointment, which can be arranged with the ward staff.
The owners confirmed that the move would ensure that staff maintain physical distance in overcrowded rooms and communal areas.
Support for “essential visits” will continue.
People who meet their loved ones in the hospital are encouraged to get a lateral flu test in advance.
“We understand that patients in the hospital are having a difficult time and want to keep their family and friends around,” said Trady Marshall, nurse director.
Unfortunately, we’ve seen an increase in the number of coveted patients in our hospitals, and it’s our priority to protect our patients and staff as much as possible. That is why we have made the difficult decision to have a dedicated visitor every day.
“However, we will review it regularly and as soon as it is safe to do so, we will expand visits again, prioritizing access to people close to the patient and removing the very limited time constraints currently in place.”
“Anyone with questions about visiting arrangements should talk to the nurse in charge of the ward.
“Although visitors can have close contact with their loved one, they are reminded to observe physical distance in the communal areas of the hospital, cover their face and wash their hands often when entering and leaving clinical areas.