Royal Preston and Chorley and South Ribble District Hospitals will this month increase their visiting hours.Advertisement
From Thursday 14 October, patients can receive one visitor per day, lasting a maximum of one hour between 2pm and 3pm or 6pm and 7pm, seven days per week.
But arrangements will need to be made in advance between the ward area and the visitor.
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A Lancashire Teaching Hospitals spokesperson said: “Throughout the pandemic, we have always kept our visitor policies under regular review to get the right balance between patient safety and flexibility for patients and their families.”
The increased hours follow reports of a more stable Covid-19 position at both hospitals, as well as a reduction in the numbers of Covid-19 positive patients.
The trust said this means they can reintroduce visiting for adult inpatient areas on a controlled basis. Ward areas will keep a list of visitor names and contact details to aid the NHS Test and Trace teams.
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All visitors are requested to provide evidence of a negative rapid lateral flow test, which consists of testing before attending the hospital and demonstrating the negative test before entering the ward area.
If the above times do not suit the ward or visitor and patient requirements, the trust said alternative timings are available, but the rules still apply.
All staff and visitors must comply with government guidelines concerning social distancing and hand hygiene practices in NHS settings. All visitors, unless exempt, must also wear a face covering and any PPE that the clinical area recommends.
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Other visiting arrangements such as end-of-life care and within maternity, children and neonatal, remain the same.
Staff are encouraged to consider any extenuating circumstances where an individualised plan of care is required that may differ from the above, but this should be the exception.
The trust said social distancing measures in the workplace remain unchanged.
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