Update: 27 August 2021
We are now in the position to reopen visiting to our wards at Grimsby hospital. However, both Amethyst and B6 wards will continue to have restrictions in place for the time being. It will only be possible for named visitors to attend these areas if the patient:
- is at the end of their life (End of Life care)
- is vulnerable due to admission, emotional and mental wellbeing being significantly impacted
- has communication difficulties, learning disabilities or dementia.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during these changes. Our priority is to keep patients, staff and visitors as safe as possible. If you have any queries, please contact the wards directly.
Find the latest visiting updates on our Coronavirus page.
We have temporarily changed our visiting arrangements at Grimsby hospital to help respond to coronavirus and protect our staff, visitors and patients. Visiting to our Family Services building – maternity and children – will continue.
From today, Friday 20 August 2021, visiting at the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital will be suspended. Visiting will only be allowed under exceptional circumstances when a patient:
- Is at the end of their life (End of Life care)
- Is vulnerable due to admission-related anxiety
- Has communication difficulties, learning disabilities or dementia.
Ward visiting, under exceptional circumstances, listed above, will be at the discretion of the nurse in charge and families can request support from the ward staff to facilitate this. The Patient Experience team can also help you to keep in touch with someone in hospital, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for support or check the Coronavirus FAQs page for more information.
Ellie Monkhouse, chief nurse and director of infection prevention and control, said: “We have temporarily paused visiting from today at our Grimsby hospital site only. This is due to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases at our hospital and to help limit further spread of the virus across our clinical areas. The decision has not been taken lightly but is essential in helping to maintain the safety of our patients, visitors and staff.”
“I understand for our patients and their named visitor this may cause upset; however, this decision has been made with our patient’s best interests at heart. This is one of many things we are doing to protect our patients and is a temporary measure.
“I would please ask for your help in respecting these changes. 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.
“It can be really hard having limited contact with a loved one in hospital. There are many ways you can keep in touch with those in hospital, including the patient bedside phones and with the help of our patient contact helpline on 03033 306666 or email@example.com, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.”
Visiting to our Family Services building – maternity and children – will continue.
Ellie said: “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. Discretion will be applied on compassionate grounds by the nurse/midwife in charge
- 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.
More information can be found on the NHS website
Ellie added: “We are sorry for any inconvenience and would like to thank you for your co-operation and support in limiting the spread of coronavirus. We will monitor these arrangements on a regular basis.”
All hospital appointments and operations should be attended as usual unless you are contacted directly by the hospital to tell you otherwise.