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Visiting

We know it is important for you to visit your loved ones and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic we have made exceptional circumstances where visitors have been permitted.

We have reviewed our arrangements to allow some visiting in a very careful and Covid-secure way at both Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital, Stafford.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Anyone with a Covid-19 positive test, showing symptoms of coronavirus (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in their normal sense of smell or taste) or are under instruction to self isolate must not visit.

Handwashing

All visitors must observe good hand hygiene (handwashing) and wear the appropriate PPE such as a surgical face mask as instructed by the Senior Sister or Charge Nurse.

Lateral Flow Device - Rapid testing

All visitors are asked to access the Lateral Flow Device rapid tests which are offered at a variety of venues in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire prior to visiting. More information can be found at www.gov.uk.

Visiting will be permitted for:

• Patients receiving end-of-life care

• One family member or friend/ carer /supporter/personal assistant

• Patients may be accompanied where appropriate and necessary to assist their communication and/or to meet their health, emotional, religious or spiritual care needs.

• You will need to arrange your visit in advance by contacting the ward where your relative or friend is being cared for.

• Prior to visiting, you will be asked about any high risk conditions you or members of your household may have. Depending on your answers, you may be advised not to visit.

• If your visit is agreed, you will be given instructions on where to go and who to ask for on your arrival at the hospital.

• If you are unable to visit in person, please talk to the staff about arranging a virtual video visit.

• All visitors must always wear a face covering at all times and a surgical facemask in clinical areas.

• You should bring as few personal belongings as possible with you, e.g. bags, handbags, electronic devices and gifts for the patient.

• You should remove your outer clothing, e.g. coat or jacket, roll up your sleeves and clean your hands.

• You will need to arrange your visit in advance by contacting the ward where your child or young person is being cared for.

• Prior to visiting, you will be asked about any high-risk conditions you or members of your household may have. Depending on your answers, you may be advised not to visit.

• If your visit is agreed, you will be given instructions on where to go and who to ask for on your arrival at the hospital.

• If you are parents/guardians, you must always wear a face covering when entering the hospital and when a healthcare
professional is treating your child/young person.

• If you are with your child and/or young person and within your ‘family bubble’ inside rooms or physical environments that afford separation, you can remove your face covering.

• You should bring as few personal belongings as possible with you, e.g. bags, handbags, electronic devices, and gifts for the child or young person.

• You should remove your outer clothing, e.g. coat or jacket, roll up your sleeves and clean your hands.

Birth partners are able attend all scans and antenatal consultant clinic appointments at both Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital.

• All women and partners must wear masks at all times during appointments and scans.

• Social distancing must be adhered to so please do not attend your appointment time early.

• You may be given a buzzer and be asked to wait outside.

• No children are allowed to attend.

• Birth partner visiting times will be extended to three hours in the Maternity Birthing Centre, Ward 205
and Ward 206 between 9am – 12pm and 1pm - 4pm. Please contact the appropriate ward for specific
visiting times (am or pm ) as this will be designated by bed number.

• Anyone attending Maternity Services for a routine appointment (hospital or community), an ultrasound scan or as a birth partner should ensure they have done a lateral flow test as per government guidance.

Lateral Flow Device rapid tests are offered at a variety of venues in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. More information can be found at www.gov.uk

• If concerned please speak to your community midwife.

Partners will be able to attend some community midwifery appointments. However, this will depend on the GP practice where you appointment is held. Some practices are closed to partners or cannot accommodate more than two people safely in a room. Please contact your community midwifery team hub to see if partners can attend your community midwifery appointments.