Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is introducing new measures for visiting wards at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill from Wednesday in light of the current COVID-19 situation.
To protect patients from the risk of the virus being brought into hospital from the community, patients will be asked to designate just one immediate family member or carer who will be able to see them throughout their hospital stay.
For children currently being treated on Acorn Ward at Hull Women and Children’s Hospital, the paediatric wards on the 13th floor of Hull Royal Infirmary and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the trust is asking visiting to be restricted to parents only or to one parent and a nominated visitor.
Visitors should not visit any part of Hull Royal Infirmary or Castle Hill Hospital, including wards, diagnostic areas, clinics or outpatient departments, if they are:
• unwell, especially if they have a high temperature or a new, continuous cough
• vulnerable as a result of their medication, a chronic illness or they are over 70 years of age
Exceptions will be made if the patient is receiving end-of-life care. No child under 12 should be visiting an inpatient without the ward sister or charge nurse’s prior permission unless it’s to a paediatric area.
Ward staff will ask for the names of the designated visitor either from the patient on admission to hospital or from their carer if they lack capacity. Designated visitors will be able to visit any time between 9am and 8pm but we ask them to stay for the shortest time possible up to a maximum of one hour.
Anyone admitted to hospital with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 will not receive visitors except in exceptional circumstances.
Chief Nurse Information Officer Steve Jessop said: “We ask for the public’s help in respecting these rules.
“We are asking the nominated visitor to keep other family members and friends informed. We also appeal to the designated visitor to follow strict hand hygiene before coming into a clinical area including washing their hands for at least 20 seconds.
“We are taking these steps to ensure maximum protection for our patients in light of the current national situation. We are keeping the situation under constant review to make changes if and when they become necessary.”
[Allison Coggan – Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust]