Posted: Thu 26th Mar 2020

Visiting at all North Wales hospitals suspended to prevent coronavirus spread

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2020

Visiting at all North Wales hospitals has been suspended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

From today (Thursday 26th March) visiting patients who are not infected with COVID-19 will only be permitted in the following circumstances:

  • One parent or guardian for paediatric (Children’s Ward) inpatients and neonatal wards
  • One visitor at a time for an agreed amount of time to patients receiving end of life care. Permission from the ward sister or charge nurse must be obtained in advance
  • One birthing partner from the same household to support a woman in labour will be permitted

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has said :

“Other exceptions may be provided in special circumstances at the discretion of ward sister/charge nurses or managers, based on advice from our Infection Prevention Control Team.”

  • No visitors or birthing partners should attend hospital if they are unwell or displaying the symptoms of COVID-19, which are a new, continuous cough and high temperature.
  • No visitors who are pregnant, under the age of 12 years, or is deemed to fall into a high risk category will be permitted.
  • All visitors must adhere to the social distancing guidelines as far as possible and must adhere to strict hand hygiene and infection control precautions on arriving and leaving. Visitors must not visit any other patients or hospital facilities en route.

The Health Board is also encouraging family and friends of patients under our care to consider alternative ways of keeping in touch, including the use of our hospitals’ free WiFi to use FaceTime or video calling.

Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Gill Harris said:  “We understand the importance of patients staying in contact with their loved ones. But the safety of our patients and staff is paramount, and it is crucial that we take all reasonable steps to minimise the risk of infection in our hospitals.

 “If you can’t be there in person, we do offer free WiFi throughout our hospitals. So for those with access to smartphones or tablets, we would encourage virtual visiting as a great way to keep in touch, where appropriate.”

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