Visiting restrictions eased at Hull’s hospitals

Communications TeamNews

Family and friends will be able to visit loved ones in hospital from tomorrow (Tuesday, September 8) as new safety measures are introduced to prevent Covid-19 spreading in Hull’s hospitals.

Like other hospitals, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust halted visiting as the UK went into lockdown in March.

Now, the trust is easing some restrictions on visiting at Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull Eye Hospital and Castle Hill Hospital to help patients and their families.

Nurse Director Wendy Page said: “We understand how hard it’s been not to have visitors or be allowed to visit your loved one while they’re in hospital.

“We’re really sorry so many people were affected and we’d like to thank our patients and their loved ones for their understanding and for helping us prevent the virus spreading through our hospitals.

“By putting the right measures in place, we believe we can reintroduce visiting in some areas while still following national guidance to keep everyone safe.”

Patients who have been tested negative for Covid-19 can have one designated visitor by appointment only between 10am and 8pm each day.

Only six visitors will be allowed on any ward at the same time and hour-long time slots will be allocated to families by staff on the ward.

People who have arranged their visit beforehand and have left their contact details in advance for NHS Test and Trace will then be allowed onto the ward.

Longer visiting will be allowed in exceptional circumstances following discussion with the nurse in charge of the ward and anyone planning on visiting a patient must be free of Covid-19 symptoms.

All visitors must wear a face covering as soon as they enter our hospitals and keep it on throughout their visit. They must wash their hands as soon as they enter the ward and again as they are leaving.

Patients undergoing non-emergency surgery and procedures – known as elective surgery – will not be able to receive visitors on surgical wards. This is because they must remain in isolation to reduce their risk of infection ahead of their operations.

Visits to the maternity wards at Hull Women and Children’s Hospital are to remain the same for now.

Named birth partners can still stay with women during labour and for a short time after the baby’s birth. Named birth partners can also arrange booked visiting slots with the staff on Rowan ward following the baby’s birth.

Currently, birth partners are still not able to attend the 20-week scan or visit Maple antenatal ward although restrictions are under constant review and will be lifted as soon as it’s considered safe to do so.

In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, only parents are allowed to visit with one parent by each bed space at a time to maintain social distancing and protect the other babies, families and staff. Parents of very sick infants will be able to discuss visiting arrangements with staff managing the ward.

One patient is allowed to visit their child in our children’s wards on the 13th floor and in Hull Woman and Children’s Hospital. The arrangement can be reviewed after 48 hours if the child is still in hospital, with parents able to swap over. However, only one parent is allowed on the ward at a time, with exceptions made for the parents of critically ill children.