Covid: Visit essential only to hospitals in Greater Glasgow and Clyde as Omicron safety measure

Health officials have introduced a ‘essential visits only’ policy to hospitals in Greater Glasgow and Clyde due to the continued spread of the Omicron variant.

The new policy takes effect on Wednesday January 5 and affects all hospitals in the region, including Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Gartnavel General Hospital and Vale of Leven Hospital.

The change includes maternity services, meaning that only one essential visitor will be allowed in all parts of the maternity route.

Examples include:

  • A birth partner who accompanies a woman during hospital visits and throughout the maternity journey
  • A person receiving end-of-life care – to help patients at the end of their life spend meaningful time with their loved ones during their last days, weeks or months
  • Support a person suffering from a mental health problem, dementia, a learning disability or autism, when the absence would cause distress to the patient
  • Supporting a hospitalized child
  • Usually when a person receives information about a disease or life-changing treatments.
  • In these and similar situations where the support of another person is essential for advocacy and well-being, family support should be facilitated.

Jennifer Rodgers, Assistant Director NHSGGC, said: “It has been one of the most difficult decisions to make, but it is essential in helping to protect our patients, visitors and staff.

“We recognize how difficult this is for patients and the people who matter most to them and we will be monitoring this closely so that the restrictions are not in place any longer than necessary.”

“The essential visiting arrangements will be applied with flexibility and compassion, and the needs of each patient will be considered on their own merits.

“Caregivers, those providing essential care or emotional support, or spiritual care are not considered visitors and will continue to be permitted to assist a patient in hospital.”

Additional information can be found at and on board of health social media channels.

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