Updated MFT Visiting Policy – March 26th, 2020

News posted 26 March, 2020

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In line with the national requirements for people to stay at home, we have made a further change to our visiting policy which came into effect on Wednesday 25th March 2020 in order to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

  • No visitors will be permitted to any adult wards, other than in defined exceptional circumstances
  • No children who are not patients are permitted to visit any Trust premises
  • One birth partner is permitted to accompany a woman in the Delivery Units and the Birth Centre
  • One named visitor per patient is permitted in Children’s Wards, Maternity Wards and Neonatal Units at any one time

We recognise the importance to patients of maintaining contact with their family, friends and carers whilst they are in hospital. Where possible, staff will facilitate other means of communicating, such as telephone calls, FaceTime and texting.

A new, temporary Family Liaison Team is also being established to support patients and families to maintain contact during this time.

Anyone who meets the limited criteria to visit a patient will be directed to wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds upon entering the clinical area and we would ask you to do the same on leaving the ward and during your visit if indicated.

Please be reminded that you should not visit the hospital if you have a high temperature or a new continuous cough.

Please do not visit if you feel unwell or have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

Visitors who are vulnerable due to chronic health conditions must also be advised not to visit.

We will continue to review this policy as new national guidance is received.