The Southern Health Trust says, as from Monday August 17, wards will stagger visiting hours to keep patients and visitors as well as staff as safe as possible during the current pademic.
A spokesperson said: “Virtual visiting our patients (by phone or tablet device) remains the preference and no-one feeling unwell or with symptoms of COVID-19 should visit. Those wishing to avail of a Virtual Visit should contact 077 7651 6419 between 9am and 5pm.
“If you cannot virtually visit your loved one please only visit during the ward’s designated visiting hour.”
Ward Visiting Hours: 1 North Cardiac: 14:00-15:00; 1 South Medical/ENT: 15:00-16:00; 1 East Gynaecology: 18:00-19:00; 2 North Respiratory/Medical: 19:00-20:00; 2 South Medical/Stroke: 14:00-15:00; 3 North Medical/Stroke/Geriatric: 19:00-20:00; 3 South Surgical/Urology: 15:00-16:00; 4 North Surgical: 15:00-16:00; 4 South Progressive Care: 19:00-20:00; Acute Medical Unit: 18:00-19:00; Trauma: 14:00-15:00; Orthopaedic: 18:00-19:00
Visiting times for Maternity remain 15:00-16:00 & 18:30-19:30 Intensive Care Unit 14:00-16:00 & 18:30-19:30 and Haematology 11:00-20:30. Visits to these wards must be arranged with the nurse in charge.
The Trust lists a number of visiting rules, including that only one visitor is permitted at a time for a maximum of one hour.
In specific circumstances where the visitor requires assistance then no more than 2 people will be permitted access to visit at any one time where this can be accommodated within social distancing guidance. Children under 16 years are not permitted to visit unless there are exceptional circumstances and it has been agreed by the Nurse in Charge.
Visitors, and those attending appointments, are asked to bring their own face covering and to wear it at all times. No access will be permitted without a face covering.
Visitors are asked to use the hand sanitiser provided before and after entering both the Hospital and the Ward/Department.
Please visit www.southerntrust.hscni.net for full visiting information and guidance.
The Trust wishes to thank the public for their co-operation and support as staggered visiting times is introduced. The changes mean there are fewer people in the hospital so we can all keep our distance and keep safe.
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