NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Limited patient visiting at region’s hospitals

VERY limited patient visiting is in place at hospitals within Dumfries and Galloway.

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.

Each hospital inpatient is 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.

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.