Visiting and outpatients

Changes to hospital visiting and outpatient appointments (updated 27th October).

With the increasing number of COVID 19 and introduction of further local restrictions the Trust has made the difficult decision to continue restrict visiting at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and Clifton Hospital.

All visiting has been suspended with the following exceptions:

Visitors will be considered in the following cases:

End of Life Care

End of Life Care 1 visitor agreed with the senior nurse on duty.

Maternity Services

One nominated birth partner will be able to attend the delivery suite and the birth centre for the duration of their stay in these areas. A birth partner will be able to attend Ward D between 8am and 8pm.

We ask that you attend your antenatal appointments alone unless you require an additional nominated individual (see below*) this will be risk assessed prior to your appointment by the maternity team. You can bring your partner to the 20 week anomaly scan but we ask you attend all other scans alone.

Children

One parent can visit/be resident. This is interchangeable with opposite parent/carer if part of patient’s bubble. Resident parent is expected to remain on the ward with the child at all times. No siblings are allowed.

Patients in all services needing additional support

Additional nominated individual (not classed as a visitor)

To provide support and help meet a patient or an individual’s needs. This includes:

  • A patient/individual with mental health needs.
  • Any cognitive impairment.
  • Communication challenges such as visual or hearing impairment.
  • When the patient is receiving significant news
  • Other considerations for extended/additional visiting only consider with the Senior Nurse on duty

Further Restrictions

You MUST not visit or attend an appointment with a patient:

  • If you are COVID-19 positive.
  • If you are isolating as a contact of someone who is COVID-19 positive or been to an overseas location where the foreign office has advised 2 weeks isolation.
  • If you have been contacted by Test and Trace to say they are a contact of a COVID-19 positive patient.
  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you are shielding due to anticipated surgery.
  • If any local or national lockdown restrictions are in place that would not support in patient visiting.

Visitors and patients should wear a mask , maintain social distancing and cleanse their hands on entering and leaving the hospital and entering and leaving clinical areas.

Stay connected in other ways

We appreciate how difficult this is for all and want to do everything we can to keep our patients connected with their loved ones.

Wherever possible, we will be using technology to allow video messaging between patients and their families and friends. We encourage patients to use their mobiles if able.  We have phones and ipads on the wards to support video messages.

We are also asking relatives to leave a message and have created a form on our website here: https://www.bfwh.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/staying-connected/

Changes

The Trust may have to review restrictions at short notice depending on possible local or national restrictions put in place by Public Health England.

Please speak to the nurse in charge to discuss further