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Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust eases restrictions to allow visitors for patients in its hospitals

| August 6, 2020

On Wednesday 5th August 2020 Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust eased the restrictions to allow visitors back into its hospitals.

For each patient, one visitor will be allowed to visit for one hour, once a day from Monday to Friday.

A named, designated visitor, usually next of kin, will be identified when the patient is admitted. Ward staff will contact the named visitor in advance to let them know their one hour visiting slot.

Exceptions to these rules are in place for those supporting a person with a learning disability, autism, or dementia where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed, for those visiting patients receiving end-of-life care and those visiting children’s wards and the National Spinal Injuries Centre.

Other exceptional circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Wards will remain closed to visitors where more vulnerable patients at higher risk from infection are being cared for, for example on cancer care wards. Wards may also need to be closed to visitors at any time if there is an increased risk of infection, in accordance with Trust infection prevention and control measures.

Designated visitors will be advised of the most up to date information.

The Trust will continue to offer virtual visits via video calls and its letter to a loved one service when visits are not possible.

Karen Bonner, Chief Nurse at the Trust, said: ‘We’re pleased to welcome visitors back to our hospitals. We understand how hard it has been and recognise the important role family and friends play in supporting patients during their stay in hospital.

We will still have strict measures in place to keep our patients and visitors safe, and this may mean that the visitor experience is a little different to normal. We will keep this under review and would like to thank everyone in advance for their continued patience and understanding.

Patients are expected to attend outpatient appointments unaccompanied. Similarly, patients attending A&E are also expected to attend alone unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Further details and information are available on the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust website.

*Source of article : Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

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