From Monday 10 May, visiting restrictions at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford Hospitals will be lifted in some areas following the drop in local and national infection rates.
Dr Kanchan Rege, Chief Medical Officer for the Trust, said: “We are really pleased to be able to gradually lift our visiting restrictions in a safe, secure and controlled way. We need to ensure that we maintain a safe environment for our staff, visitors and patients who are vulnerable to Covid-19. To do this we need everyone to follow the rules that we have in place when coming to our hospital sites, with enforced social distancing, mask wearing or a visor, utilising the hand sanitising stations and taking notice of the signage that we have installed across our sites. We would also encourage visitors to participate in the twice weekly lateral flow testing that is available here:
“We do still have some areas that will not be able to accommodate visitors, such as our Covid receiving wards and this has been incredibly difficult for our patients. However we are continuing to support them through our Letters to Loved Ones initiative and by using the iPad facilities that are available on our wards.
“Our staff have worked tremendously hard over the last year and I would like to thank everyone for their continued support, during what has been the most challenging of times.”
For more information on our visiting restrictions please see our Trust website and social media channels for details.
For general inpatient visiting this will include:
Green non-Covid wards. One visitor per day to be booked with the ward in advance(the same person each day) during allocated visiting hours, as per the following:
- Odd numbered patient beds 1pm to 2pm
- Even numbered patient beds 3pm to 4pm
- Side rooms 3pm to 4pm
Please contact the wards to arrange this in advance.
- One person to accompany Emergency Department attendees at the discretion of the clinician. This includes AAU, ACU, MAU and MSSU (at PCH).
- Two visitors for end of life patients for an unspecified time. Please speak to the Ward Manager for advice.
- One parent/carer of a child. No children. At the discretion of the ward manager, two parents/carers may be able to visit at one time for a short period during the day.
- One carer for adult patients to support in exceptional circumstances such as dementia, anxiety or learning disability for an unspecified time.
- Critical Care, one visitor per day, the same person each day for one hour maximum. Please contact the ward to arrange this.
- No routine overnight stays but may be considered in exceptional circumstances with prior tactical (silver) level approval.
- Outpatients Departments – no accompanying individuals unless at the discretion of the treating clinician.
For Maternity this will include:
- One birthing partner in labour (induction of labour)
- One birthing partner allowed into all hospital antenatal appointments and scans, including EPAU and Antenatal Day Unit. Lateral Flow testing to be completed prior to attending if coming to EPAU - please arrive 45 mins before your appointment. No children to attend antenatal appointments.
- One visitor who was the birthing partner to visit between 08.00 – 20.00
- Inpatient areas, one birthing partner can attend between 08.00 – 20.00. Siblings may attend however this needs to be arranged with the Midwife in Charge to be allocated a time spot in advance.
- Time slots cannot be changed as these are in place to allow for social distancing
- Inpatient areas, no birthing partner staying overnight
More information is available on our Trust website here.
Details on keeping in touch with your loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic are available here: