SALISBURY: Public asked to limit visiting to hospital

SALISBURY: Public asked to limit visiting to hospital

Published by Jack Deery at 5:31pm 17th March 2020. (Updated at 5:33pm 17th March 2020)

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The Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust say they have amended their policy due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

In order to keep patients safe, members of the public are being asked to limit their visits to Salisbury District Hospital. 

They are telling people to consider other ways of getting in contact with patients to help keep the hospital running. 

A Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson said:

"In response to national guidance from NHS England, we have amended our visiting policy and are asking the public to limit visits to the hospital and to consider other ways of keeping in touch with their loved ones, such as mobile phone calls.  We are also asking members of the public to strictly adhere to hygiene guidance when visiting.

We are happy for patients to be contacted by mobile phone and our free Wi-Fi service allows the use of Skype, facetime and other similar services. Many patients are also able to make use of the Hospedia service which is free to call UK landlines and gives 2 minutes free to UK mobiles."

Salisbury District Hospital - SDH - Main Entrance (Mike Draper) (4)
They have amended the policy in order to keep the hospital running

LATEST VISITOR GUIDANCE

This is the latest visiting policy for Salisbury District Hospital:

  • No children under 12 should be visiting without the ward sister or charge nurse's prior permission. 
  • Visiting is restricted to one hour per day at designated visiting times. 
  • Visitors should keep the time spent in the hospital to a minimum, please go directly to the area you are visiting and do not visit other areas of the hospital.
  • Upon entering the ward, visitors will be directed to wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds. And we would ask visitors to do the same on leaving the ward and follow all other guidance given by our staff.
NHS Coronavirus Pod Sign
It's also aimed at keeping patients safe from COVID-19
  • Visitors should not visit any area of the hospital if they are:

- unwell, especially if they have a high temperature or a new, persistent cough. 

- vulnerable as a result of their medication, a chronic illness or they are over 70 years of age. 

  • All visitors must be immediate family members or carers and are limited to one per patient, unless: 

- the patient is receiving end-of-life care.

- the visitor needs to be accompanied

- accompanying visitors should not stay in patient, ward or communal areas, and this applies to inpatient and outpatient settings

- they are a partner and birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour. 

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