Changes to visiting restrictions

With the further lifting of national restrictions taking place on Monday 17 May we have reviewed our inpatient and maternity visiting restrictions.

Visiting is still limited at NDDH and South Molton to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and we ask that staff use other methods such as video calls, letter printing etc instead, where possible. Please speak to the patient experience team who can assist with this ndht.patientexperience@nhs.net

From Monday 17 May, visiting is only allowed as follows:

  • Adult inpatients may have three named visitors instead of just one. Each day only one of these named visitors may visit, for one hour between 11am and 7 pm. Appointments to visit must be booked in advance by contacting the appropriate ward at least one day prior to visiting.
  • 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. When social distancing can be safely maintained, for example at quiet times, both parents/guardians may be able to visit – this is at the discretion of the nurse in charge.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A patient receiving end-of-life care can be supported by up to four named visitors from the same household or support bubble.

The maternity visiting and appointment restrictions from Monday 17 May are as follows:

  • One partner or designated individual (no children permitted) is able to attend all ultrasound scans and any subsequent appointments with doctor or midwife. They must remain outside the Ladywell Unit until invited in.
  • One partner or designated individual (no children permitted) is able to attend all midwife appointments in community settings – community hubs and GP surgeries. They must remain outside until invited in.
  • If a woman is being induced, they can have a partner or designated individual attend with them between the hours of 9am and 8pm. Outside of these hours our staff will continue to contact partners and ask them to attend the unit if, due to pain or distress, support is required.
  • One partner or designated individual can visit Bassett Ward between the hours of 9am and 8pm.
  • If a woman is being cared for in labour ward or in theatre, they can have one birth partner with them. This is usually when they are in labour, having a caesarean or in the immediate postnatal period.

We’d like to reiterate that if a mum-to-be is being induced and is in pain or distress, we will contact their partner and ask them to attend, regardless of what time of day it is.

These updated visiting restrictions will be in place from Monday 17 May 2021. 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 or have returned from a red/amber category country.

All visitors to NDDH or South Molton hospital must follow our visiting guidance available here  and ensure they follow all social distancing, PPE and handwashing rules.

More information, including information about alternatives to visiting, can be found here on our visiting page.

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Last updated: June 18, 2021