Changes to visiting arrangements at NDDH

Visiting is still restricted at NDDH and South Molton to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Our staff can support patients and their families to stay in contact by using other methods such as video calls, letter printing etc instead, where possible. Please contact our patient experience team for more information at ndht.patientexperience@nhs.net

From Saturday 4 July visiting is only allowed as follows:

  • If there are 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 (both parents are permitted in the special care baby unit).
  • Adult inpatients – one person per patient, from the same household or support bubble, once a day for a maximum of one hour between 3pm and 6pm. This will need to be agreed with the ward staff to ensure social distancing is maintained.
  • Admission areas e.g. ED/MAU/SAU will have the discretion to allow one person to accompany the patient to ensure the correct patient history etc is obtained.
  • At outpatient and diagnostic appointments where a patient may need emotional support they can be accompanied by one person from the same household or support bubble.
  • A patient receiving end of life care can receive more than one visitor from the same household or support bubble within a 24 hour period.

Maternity visiting has extended as follows:

  • A partner or designated individual may attend the 20 week anomaly scan (they will not be able to stay for any subsequent review with a doctor or midwife)
  • A partner can attend an induction of labour appointment and will then leave but be able to return for arranged one hour visiting
  • A partner will be encouraged to attend to support a woman for the duration of her time on labour ward
  • A partner or designated individual from the same household or support bubble may visit Bassett ward for a one hour allocated time slot

Even under these circumstances, people should not visit if they are displaying COVID-19 symptoms or should be self-isolating because they live with someone who has symptoms.

Visitors will also be required to wear a mask or face covering when in the hospital, may be temperature checked and must follow social distancing and hand hygiene guidelines.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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Last updated: July 2, 2020