We continue to take all necessary precautions to protect our patients and staff during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
To reduce the risk to patients, staff and any visitors and maintain the Government’s direction on social isolation, from 12pm on Tuesday 24 March 2020 no visiting will be allowed at North Devon District Hospital and South Molton Community Hospital unless for:
- Specific reasons of safety (dementia or learning disability where anxiety would be increased significantly)
- Inpatients under the age of 18 years old (one parent/guardian only)
- A patient receiving end of life care
- The birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour
Even under these circumstances you should not visit if you have a new, persistent cough or high temperature (of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher).
Additionally, if you live with someone who has symptoms you will need to stay at home for 14 days starting from the day the first person in your house developed symptoms and should not visit.
We are working with partners to regularly review our visitor restrictions in hospitals across Devon to ensure that we are taking the necessary steps to protect staff, patients and visitors. We will relax them only when it is appropriate to do so.
We would like to thank everyone for their support and understanding.