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NHS Grampian announces further extension to hospital visiting

By Kyle Ritchie

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NHS Grampian has announced there will be a further extension to person-centred visiting from Wednesday.

This means in some clinical areas there will be opportunity for patients to have an increase in the number of visitors they have on any given day.

There will be a discussion on an individual basis with the patient and the clinical team taking care of them. This will include consideration of the environment of the clinical setting and the number of people that can be safely accommodated within the area.

The extension of the visiting trial means the following wards and hospitals are now offering person-centred visiting:

  • Wards 102, 109, 112, and 114, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
  • Paediatrics – Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital and Dr Gray’s Hospital.
  • Wards 4, 1, 5, 6, 8, stroke ward and AMAU, Dr Gray’s Hospital.
  • Royal Cornhill Hospital, including Great Western Lodge and Polmuir Road.
  • Roxburghe House.
  • Woodend Hospital (all wards).
  • Rosewell House.
  • All Aberdeenshire community hospitals.
  • Muirton ward, Seafield Community Hospital, Buckie.
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

A NHS Grampian spokesman said: "Relatives or friends should discuss any changes to their visiting plans with the senior charge nurse before making those changes.

"If anyone has a loved one being cared for in one of the areas not listed, they must continue to follow the current arrangements of no more than two visitors daily.

"All visitors are reminded of the part they have to play in minimising the risk from Covid-19 – and other infections. They should not visit if they are at all unwell.

"This includes things like vomiting and/or diarrhoea, as well as the symptoms of any respiratory infection – coughing, sneezing, fever, sore throat, muscle aches.

"Visitors to hospitals and care homes are able to order free LFD test kits from the GOV.uk website and testing before visiting is encouraged.

"Fluid repellent surgical masks are available at the entrances to all hospitals, and these should be used instead of fabric face coverings.

"Frequent hand hygiene should be carried out, either with hand gel or water and soap.

"If visitors are asked to wait before entering the bay/room in the clinical ward, we ask them to do safely and minimise any congregating at entrances."

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