Hospital visiting has now resumed

Visiting to inpatients at hospitals in Dumfries and Galloway has now resumed.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 12:49 pm
Updated Monday, 26th April 2021, 5:39 pm
Some restrictions remain in place

However, restrictions mean that each patient is limited to one named visitor during the course of their time in hospital.

With specific exemptions, inpatient visiting was suspended nationally on Boxing Day in response to cases of Covid-19.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway medical director Dr Kenneth Donaldson said: “I’m pleased that the national easing of lockdown means that routine in-patient visiting can now resume.

“The benefits to patients of routinely being able to receive visitors is well-documented, and something we’re very pleased to see return.

“However, I would ask that everyone be aware of the continuing restrictions which do apply.

“Most importantly, please note that visiting is limited to one named visitor for each patient at any time, and that people are directed not to visit if they are unwell or have been asked to quarantine.”

In respect of routine inpatient visiting, as before each patient is limited to one named visitor. Arrangements must first be made by speaking to the charge nurse for the respective ward.

Visitors must follow NHS Dumfries and Gallow ay’s hand hygiene and hand washing advice and don personal protective equipment as directed.

These measures are in the interests of the safety of patients and staff.

Full details of current visiting arrangements can be found at www.nhsdg.co.uk/covid-19.