03 August 2020
The Mental Health Inpatient Units at St Saviour’s Hospital are now open to visitors, with strict COVID-19 safety measures in place to safeguard staff, patients and visitors and a maximum time of 30 minutes per visitor.
Visiting times will be limited on all wards. Beech, Cedar, Maple and Oak will receive visitors from 2-4pm daily, with Orchard House: 2-4pm and 6-7pm daily.
Chief Nurse, Rose Naylor, said: “We are pleased to be able to welcome visitors back to our Mental Health units and we have put in place these important measures to keep people safe. It’s so important for patient well-being and recovery to see their friends and relatives and we ask that visitors comply with the guidelines we’ve set out for their continued protection.
“We recognise that 30 minutes per visitor is limited. Unfortunately, we are hindered by the physical space of the clinical environments as we maintain our safe distancing measures due to the pandemic.”
Patients will be asked to give the names of relatives and friends who would wish to visit them, with each patient naming a maximum of two visitors only. Only those named visitors will be allowed access and because of the limitations at this time, only adults will be allowed to visit.
Visitors are requested to contact the inpatient unit in advance and will receive pre-visit screening to:
- assess travel history and symptom checking
- confirm any previous known exposure to COVID-19
- arrange which ward / department they will be visiting
Visitors will need to:
- sign in on entry to the ward
- maintain correct hand-hygiene techniques
- wear Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) on all wards which will be provided.