Visiting and outpatients

Changes to hospital visiting and outpatient appointments (updated September 15th 2020).

The Trust has made the decision to reintroduce restricted visiting at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and Clifton Hospital with immediate effect due to a rise in Covid-19 cases locally.

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- 1-2 visitors 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/bad news
  • English is not the first language
  • Mobility assistance
  • Other considerations for extended/additional visiting should be considered using an individual risk-based approach.

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 cleanse their hands on entering and leaving the hospital (this stops other germs) and entering and leaving clinical areas.

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.