Temporary reintroduction of visiting restrictions at our hospitals

Temporary reintroduction of visiting restrictions at Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford Hospitals

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Visiting restrictions at Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford Hospitals will be increased from Thursday 22 October as a precautionary safety measure in the local management of the spread of Covid-19

The reintroduction of restrictions will mean normal visiting times will not take place across the inpatient areas of our hospitals. Exemptions are made for end of life patients, carers, parents of paediatric patients and birthing partners during labour and after delivery if mum and baby remain as inpatients.

For women attending for maternity appointments, their birthing partner is able to attend scans but not regular antenatal appointments.

For outpatient or Emergency Department attendances, a patient can be accompanied at the discretion of the treating clinician.

Dr Kanchan Rege, Chief Medical Officer for North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Unfortunately we are seeing an increase in the number of patients with coronavirus, which reflects local community figures too, so it is necessary for us to reintroduce some visiting restrictions as a result.

“This isn’t a decision we take lightly, and we hope that some of our initiatives such as iPads for FaceTime calls and our ‘Letters to Loved Ones’ initiative will help to make our patients’ stay in hospital easier, even with more restricted visiting in place.

“Our visiting policy is regularly reviewed. Safety is always our top priority, balanced with our patients’ experience. We would like to thank everyone for adhering to our safety advice, and ask that everyone continues to do their bit by following national social distancing, face covering and hand washing guidelines, as these measures really do make a difference and help to minimise the spread of the virus.”

While the visiting restrictions have been introduced, all hospital services are continuing to operate.

If you have an appointment or are booked in for an operation/procedure at Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford Hospitals, you should attend as planned, but please follow public health advice at all times:

•           Wash your hands

•           Wear a face covering in the hospital

•           Keep your distance from others.

You should not attend hospital if you have coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature; new, continuous cough; loss of taste or smell) but should stay at home and book a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.

You should use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, your condition gets worse or you do not improve after 7 days. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

For more details on visiting restrictions please click here.

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