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Patient visitors during COVID-19 outbreak

To ensure we maximise the safety of our vulnerable patients and keep our staff well at work, we are asking visitors to respect the changes we have made to the public visiting patients in the Trust:

Visits to all adult inpatient wards at Derriford Hospital will be suspended with immediate effect

Exceptions will be made on compassionate grounds, including visits to those who are at end of life. These visits will need to be pre-arranged with the nurse in charge. Exceptions may be made for relatives collecting patients who have been discharged.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but thank you for your understanding in these unusual times.

Single birthing partner and sole visitor for maternity areas

  • Please nominate a single birthing partner to be with you during your stay - they will be the only permitted visitor and will have open visiting to the maternity ward and the delivery suite.
  • No children or young people under the age of 16 should visit

Upon entering the wards, you will be directed to wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds. We would ask you to do the same on leaving the ward.

Only one parent or guardian on Children’s Wards

 The Paediatric wards remain open for visiting, with the following restrictions:

  • only one parent or guardian can visit the ward unless there are special circumstances (please discuss with the ward manager)
  • no siblings or young people under the age of 16 should visit

Image of temperature check Attending the Emergency Department

As part of our coronavirus precautions, you will be greeted at the main desk by one of our nurses. You will be asked some basic screening questions and your temperature will be checked.

If this is all clear, you will be booked into the Emergency Department as normal.

If you exhibit symptoms, you will be given a mask and booked in before being directed to our dedicated assessment clinic.

 

Please also consider whether your journey is completely necessary – you can carry the virus without showing any symptoms. 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but thank you for your understanding in these unusual times.

 

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