Press Release - Hospital visiting during COVID 19 outbreak – essential visits only

March 25

To ensure that we can protect some of our most vulnerable people in hospital, we will be restricting our patient visiting arrangements at the Gilbert Bain Hospital from March 25, 2020.

In light of the updated advice around reducing the risk of spreading Covid-19 and shielding vulnerable groups, NHS Boards are now being asked to restrict hospital visiting to essential visits only with immediate effect.

The following visits are deemed essential:

  • A birth partner during childbirth;
  • A person receiving end-of-life care;
  • To support someone with a mental health issue, dementia, a learning disability or autism where having a carer not present would cause the patient to be distressed;
  • To accompany a child to hospital.

Kathleen Carolan, Director of Nursing & Acute Services said, “Unless it is essential that you visit a relative in hospital we would ask that you do not visit the ward and instead phone or video chat.”

 “There will be exceptional circumstances where a visitor will be allowed to see their relative in hospital but, if you have any queries, then please contact the nurse in charge of the ward before you decide to come in. We will relax these measures again when it is safe to do so.”

Hand washing facilities are based at the Reception Main Entrance and we would ask all visitors to wash their hands before and after a visit.

The following general restriction applies for all visitors:                                              

  • Do not visit anyone in hospital if you have a fever/respiratory/cough or cold symptoms;
  • Do not attend any hospital appointments if you have a fever/respiratory/cough or cold symptoms;
  • All visitors must hand sanitise when entering and leaving clinical areas.