Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley will have “essential only” visits from Wednesday as concerns continue to grow over the Omicron variant.
NHS Greater Glasgow bosses and Clyde have made the ‘difficult decision’ to start enforcing restricted visitation rules from January 5, affecting all adult hospital services.
This means that only one essential adult will be allowed to visit a patient, including in all maternity wards.
The decision will see the return of phone and video calls for patients to allow them to maintain contact with loved ones – a move that board of health bosses apologize for the distress the move may cause.
Jennifer Rodgers, Assistant Director NHSGGC, said: âIt 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 will keep this under review so that the restrictions are not in place longer than necessary.
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âThis decision was made in collaboration with infection control, public health, clinical and operational teams, and in the best interests of patient well-being.
Jennifer added: âEssential visit the 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 the hospital. ”
Health board said visits to the Corsebar Road site essential will be supported where possible and include the following illustrative examples:
- A birth partner who accompanies a woman during hospital visits and throughout the maternity journey
- A person receiving end-of-life care – we expect this to be defined as flexibly and compassionately as possible, to help end-of-life patients spend time with loved ones in their final 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.
Evelyn Frame, Chief Midwife, said: âWe understand that the support of birthing partners has a positive impact on a woman’s experience, so making that decision has been very difficult but, as this variant seems. be more communicable, our priority must be to keep our women and staff as safe as possible.
âFor our hospitalization areas, we encourage a flexible and person-centered visiting approach. In the context of antenatal and postnatal visits, visits continue, but only the partner who gives birth will be allowed. No other visitors will be allowed, including siblings. During labor and delivery, only one delivery partner will also be allowed to stay throughout the labor experience.
âIn our outpatient areas – anyone coming for a CT scan, early pregnancy or day care, or perhaps an outpatient appointment with one of our physiotherapists, dieticians, midwives or obstetricians, there is no change and you can bring your birthing partner for the duration of your date.
âAnyone who has questions about visiting arrangements should speak to their midwife. “
The Give and Go service, which was implemented at the height of the pandemic, will be re-mobilized for family to drop off essential personal items for patients and to pick up laundry etc.
The service will be available from Wednesday January 5, 2022, then Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the main foyer of the RAH.
Further information can be found on Give and Go Web Page.
The current visiting arrangements will remain in place until Tuesday. These are the following:
- Patients in shared accommodation such as nightingale-type wards and 4 and 6 bed bays will only be able to have essential visits
- Patients in single rooms will be able to benefit from the accompaniment of a visitor. This visitor may change every day.
- Two visitors per day are recommended for pediatric, newborn and maternity patients.
- Mental health, addictions and learning disabilities staff will establish a visit plan with each patient based on their individual needs and circumstances, as well as the local risks that arise in each department.
- In accordance with infection prevention and control practices, departments with currently active cases of infection are required to temporarily restrict visits to essential visits only
- As always, some patients may be particularly vulnerable to the risk of infection. For these patients, the visit will remain at essential visits only.