HOSPITAL VISITING ARRANGEMENTS CHANGE FROM TODAY AT 8pm

Revision to hospital visiting arrangements on nightingale wards at Glasgow Royal Infirmary from Friday 27 August at 8pm

In line with the national guidance on hospital visiting, risk assessments are in place for all our wards to ensure the ongoing safety of staff and patients.  In the case of the nightingale wards at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, our infection control and clinical teams have met to review visiting and they have recommended the temporary move to essential visiting for these wards.

This is based on particular issues within the nightingale wards with open accommodation where separation of patients and their visitors is more challenging and social distancing and other mitigations against COVID are more difficult to observe. Glasgow Royal Infirmary has also experienced an increase in COVID-19 hospital admissions.

The revision to hospital visiting arrangements will commence in the nightingale wards from 8pm this evening (27th August 2021).

In addition, red pathway COVID Hubs and Contact Wards have been created to cohort and safely care for patients. As standard the Infection Prevention and Control Team have reviewed the situation and visiting in these wards has also been restricted to ‘essential visits only’.

The essential visiting arrangements’ will be applied flexibly and compassionately and each patient’s needs considered on their own merits. Carers, those providing essential care or emotional support, or spiritual care are not considered to be visitors and should continue to be permitted to attend a patient in hospital.

The arrangements within GRI will be kept under close review to ensure we ensure the safety of patients, families and staff.

No other wards in GRI are affected and no other sites are currently affected.

Essential visiting will come into effect from 8pm tonight (27 August 2021) for the following wards.

Ward 3 Ward 17/31 Ward 29
Ward 4 Ward 18 Ward 32
Ward 5 Ward 19 Ward 33
Ward 7/16 Ward 20 Ward 35
Ward 8 Ward 21 Ward 36
Ward 9 Ward 24 Ward 38
Ward 10 Ward 26 Ward 39
Ward 12 Ward 27  

Essential visiting is also in place for the wards listed below.

Ward 47a Ward 11
Ward 52 Ward 15/28
Ward 48 Ward 23
Ward 6 Ward 30

Changes do not affect wards in the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital.

What does essential visiting mean?

The following are examples of where an ‘essential visit’ will be supported for family members:

  • a person receiving end-of-life care, to enable them to spend meaningful time with those who matter to them in their final days, weeks or months
  • to support someone with a mental health issue, or dementia, or a learning disability or autism, where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed

Our staff will take as flexible, person-centred, and compassionate approach as possible in applying the essential visiting guidance.

Why is it necessary to revise hospital visiting arrangements in some but not all wards?

In the case of the nightingale wards at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, our infection control and clinical teams have met to review visiting and they have recommended the temporary move to essential visiting for these wards.

This is based on the particular issues within the nightingale wards with open accommodation where separation of patients and their visitors is more challenging and social distancing and other mitigations against COVID are more difficult to observe. Glasgow Royal Infirmary has also experienced an increase in COVID-19 hospital admissions.

What should I do if I intend to visit someone at Glasgow Royal Infirmary?

If you intend to visit someone who is being cared for in a nightingale ward, we would ask you to phone the ward in advance to seek guidance your specific circumstances. Further updates will be provided as and when the situation changes. Telephone numbers for all wards in Glasgow Royal Infirmary can be found on the NHSGGC Website.

What alternative arrangements are in place to keep in touch?

All patients and their family affected by these revisions to visiting will be offered virtual visits to ensure you can see and talk to those people who matter most to you. You can also keep in touch via personal phone calls and contacting the ward.

How long will these revised visiting arrangements be in place?

This will be kept under close review by the local Incident Management Team

What if I am a Carer?

Carers, and those providing essential care or emotional support are not considered to be visitors and will be permitted.

What safety measures do I need to follow?

To help keep everyone safe, we strongly recommend that all visitors have a Voluntary Lateral Flow Test prior to visiting and then undertake these twice per week for as long as you are a visitor. This is optional. Information on how to order Lateral Flow Tests is on the Scottish Government’s website or tests can be collected from COVID testing centres in the afternoon or early evening or from the asymptomatic test facilities across NHSGGC – these can be found here.  If you do not wish to have a test or are not able to test this will not be an obstacle to a visit.

Will it be possible to drop off essential personal items?

The Give and Go Service will be available from Monday 30th August for family to drop-off essential personal items for patients and to pick up laundry etc. for the specific wards affected. The service will operate Monday – Friday. Further details of the service will be made available by the ward team.

Visiting in all other areas of Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Visiting in all other areas of Glasgow Royal Infirmary is unaffected by this change.
 
Visiting other hospital sites

Visiting to all other hospitals in NHSGGC area is unaffected by this change.
  
We recognise this is a difficult and worrying time for all our patients and families. We thank you for your co-operation to help us to keep our hospitals safe. We will keep you informed of any changes.
 
Further information on visiting arrangements is available on the NHSGGC Website.
 
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