We have taken the decision, following national guidance, to further restrict visiting arrangements at all three of our hospitals to help respond to coronavirus and protect our staff, visitors and patients.
These changes will be implemented from today (Tuesday March 17) and will be regularly reviewed by our nursing and operational teams.
Chief nurse Ellie Monkhouse said: “We have decided to restrict people visiting patients in our hospitals further, following national guidance, which we have received today. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but our top priority is the safety of our staff and patients. I would ask people to please consider other ways of keeping in touch, like phone calls.
“We are limiting visiting to one person for one hour per day, which will be between 6pm and 7pm in our hospitals in Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole.”
The changes, which come into force from today, includes:
• Visitors must be immediate family members or carers.
They should not visit any health and care settings, and this applies to all inpatient, diagnostic and outpatient areas, if they are:
o Unwell, especially if they have a high temperature or a new, persistent cough
o Vulnerable as a result of their medication, a chronic illness or they are over 70 years of age.
• Visitors should be limited to one per patient unless:
o The patient is receiving end-of-life care
o The visitor needs to be accompanied – accompanying visitors should not stay in patient, ward or communal areas, and this applies to inpatient and outpatient settings
o No children under 12 should be visiting without the ward sister or charge nurse’s prior permission.
• Visiting is only allowed for one hour per day between 6pm and 7pm.
Ellie said: “Slightly different rules will apply to paediatrics and neonates – two visitors are allowed which must be parents or carers. No siblings please. The one hour restriction does not apply to this group of patients. For those women who are in labour, they will be allowed one birthing partner.
“I would please ask for your help in respecting these new rules. In some cases, such as where patients are critically ill or nearing the end of their life, we will of course do our very best to accommodate your visiting needs. If you have any questions about the guidance please speak to the relevant ward manager.”
If you do come into one of our hospital please follow the following control measures:
• You should avoid coming to the hospital if you are feeling unwell, including with cold or flu symptoms. If you have a persistent cough or fever, please do not enter the building
• Wash or gel your hands as soon as you enter a ward or unit
• Follow the additional measures that will be requested by our staff if you are visiting a patient with an infection.
Everyone is reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
More information can be found on the NHS website.
All hospital appointments and operations should be attended as usual unless you are contacted directly by the hospital to tell you otherwise, or you are ill and showing symptoms of coronavirus.
Please keep an eye on our website www.nlg.nhs.uk or our social media channels as these changes may be subject to change.