A reminder of patient visiting restrictions at the RD&E

14 Jan 2021

As a reminder, visiting restrictions remain in place at the RD&E.

We appreciate how hard separation can be for our patients and their families, as well as for our staff, and we have a number of measures in place to ensure contact is maintained. These include regular contact from staff to a designated family member, the use of iPads for ‘virtual visiting’ and our patient experience team can receive and pass on letters, drawings and cards from loved ones to patients.

To reduce the risk to patients, staff and visitors, no visiting* is allowed at the RD&E except for:

  • If there are specific reasons of safety – dementia or learning disability where anxiety would be increased significantly
  • Inpatients under the age of 18 years old – one parent/guardian only (both parents are permitted in the special care baby unit)
  • At outpatient and diagnostic appointments where a patient may need emotional support, they can be accompanied by one person from the same household or support bubble
  • A patient receiving end-of-life care can receive more than one visitor from the same household or support bubble within a 24 hour period

 The maternity visiting and appointment restrictions, which have been in place since 29 September 2020, are as follows:

  • If a woman is being induced, they can have a partner with them between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Outside of these hours our staff will continue to contact partners and ask them to attend the unit if, due to pain or distress, support is required.
  • If a woman is being cared for in a birth centre, labour ward or in theatre, they can have one birth partner with them. This is usually when they are in labour, having a caesarean or in the immediate postnatal period.
  • One partner or designated individual may make an appointment with ward staff to visit the postnatal ward once per day for a set time between the hours of 4pm and 7pm.
  • One partner is able to attend the dating scan (at approx 12 weeks) and the anomaly scan (at 20 weeks)

 For those who can visit, we ask that our visiting guidance, which is available here on the Trust website, is followed.

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