Scarborough and Bridlington hospitals restrict visiting hours due to coronavirus outbreak

Hospitals in Scarborough and Bridlington will have restricted visiting hours because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 6:25 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 6:27 pm

Heather McNair, Chief Nurse at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is important that we reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals as we take steps to minimise the impact of coronavirus, particularly for our patients who may be more vulnerable to infection.

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"However the safety of our patients and staff must be our top priority. While we recognise the importance of having people visit when you are in hospital, we need to introduce these measures in order to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

Scarborough Hospital. Picture: JPI Media/ Richard Ponter

“As part of the restrictions, most patients will only be allowed one visitor at a time, between either 3pm and 4pm or 7pm and 8pm, and they must remain in the hospital room for the duration of the visit.

“Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus should not visit at all. All visitors will be asked to use alcohol gel on entry and exit to the hospital site, as well as on entry and exit to the ward area.

"After visiting ends we are asking visitors to leave the hospital straight away, which will help us minimise the risk of infection.”

Other measures introduced include stopping anyone under the age of 16 from visiting, except in exceptional circumstances.

Visitors to childrens’ wards will be for parents, guardians or carers only, while visitors to maternity wards will be restricted to one birth partner only for all appointments, including scans, the birth itself and postnatal visiting.

For patients attending emergency departments, they should be accompanied by one person only.

For patients coming for day case chemotherapy the trust is asking for no visitors, given the whole patient group are high risk.

Visitors will not be allowed in rooms of patients with pending or positive coronavirus tests, except under extreme circumstances. There will be a requirement to wear full personal protective equipment in these circumstances, which staff will explain.

Visiting will be allowed in exceptional circumstances, for example if the patient is receiving end-of-life care.

Heather added: “We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.

“As soon as it possible to safely relax the visiting restrictions we will do so. In the meantime visitors can still keep in touch with loved ones by considering other ways of having contact, such as video and phone calls.”