NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Limited hospital visiting resumes

VERY limited patient visiting resumes in hospitals within Dumfries and Galloway from today.

In order to protect patients, visitors, staff and communities from the dangers of COVID-19, many restrictions apply for those people who will be visiting a hospital inpatient.

This includes each patient having only one named visitor for the duration of their stay in hospital, restrictions on access to specific patient areas, a need for visitors to wear face coverings and follow hygiene guidance. Visitors will need to agree in advance with the ward/hospital when they are coming and we ask that they only stay for a short period.

Medical Director Dr Kenneth Donaldson said: “It has been a difficult period for people spending time in hospital, generally unable to receive visitors. The changes which take effect today will make a difference, but it is certainly not a case of visiting returning to normal. Due to the ongoing dangers posed by the coronavirus, and in line with the rest of Scotland, significant restrictions remain in place.

“We would ask everyone to note these restrictions, and to work with us to help ensure the safety of patients, visitors, staff and the wider public.”

As of today, each hospital inpatient will be permitted one named visitor for the duration of their stay. This named visitor must supply full contact details, provided to the inpatient’s ward ahead of the first visit.
Anyone transporting a named visitor for a hospital visit will be required to wait in their vehicle.

When the visitor enters the hospital, they must be wearing a face covering and must follow directions on hygiene, including the use of hand sanitisers.

Visiting needs to be booked in advance with the ward/hospital.

Unfortunately, areas where there may be COVID patients receiving treatment are off-limits to visitors. Within Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, these are wards D9, B2 and the Combined Assessment Unit (CAU). In addition, due to the types of care being provided in C6 and the Short Stay Unit, these wards remain off-limits, too.

Dr Donaldson said: “Loved ones and friends want to be able to make hospital visits. We would ask that they note the restrictions which apply as very limited inpatient visiting resumes from today, and if they have any questions to contact the ward of their friend or loved one.”