Hospitals carefully welcome back patient visitors
Hospital patients are allowed one visitor as Scotland moved back to level three Covid restrictions from April 26.
NHS Highland nurse consultant Ruth Mantle has been leading on ‘person-centred visiting’ in hospitals, and explained: ‘Over the past few months, we have only been able to accept essential visiting for the majority of our patients so we are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to our hospitals.
‘The support and comfort visitors bring to our patients cannot be overestimated. It is a key part of their recovery and has a positive effect on their overall quality of care. Covid, however, has not gone away and visiting will have to be managed carefully to ensure the safety of our patients, our staff and members of the public.’
All patients in hospital will be able to have support from at least one person during their stay and that person can be changed if required.
Visits will need to be arranged through appointments with the ward and visitors will be required to wear a face mask, adhere to hand hygiene and maintain distance.