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Visiting restarts at Tayside hospitals

Contact wards for arrangemen­ts and rules


Visiting has restarted in NHS Tayside hospitals in line with updated Scottish Government guidance.

From Monday, July 13, hospital inpatients in nonCOVID wards were able to choose one named visitor to visit them.

A named visitor can be a spouse, next of kin or a friend.

NHS Tayside highlighte­d their priority is to keep all patients, visitors and staff safe and, with this in mind, will take a phased approach to reintroduc­ing visiting.

At Perth Royal Infirmary, wards three and six and the stroke unit are welcoming single designated visitors.

Murray Royal Hospital is welcoming visitors to all inpatient areas.

Each ward area will be deciding the best visiting arrangemen­ts for their ward. Named visitors should contact the wards to find out what arrangemen­ts are in place.

Named visitors will be provided with a face mask to wear in ward areas while hand sanitisers must be used and strict physical distancing guidance followed.

For health and safety reasons, visitors should not bring in food parcels, helium balloons or similar items with them when they visit.

All visitors to hospital should wear a face covering in communal areas of the hospital.

Visiting has also restarted in NHS Tayside maternity services.

Pregnant women may identify one designated visitor to accompany them to scans and antenatal appointmen­ts.

They will also be able to identify one birth partner and one additional designated visitor to accompany them in labour.

Pregnant women may identify one designated visitor, in addition to their birth partner, to visit them on the postnatal ward.

One person can be their designated visitor for the duration of their pregnancy journey and hospital stay.

Those visiting must wear a face covering when accompanyi­ng a pregnant woman and hands should be washed before entering the hospital.

Visitors are not to attend if showing any symptoms of COVID-19, while social distancing of two metres must be maintained as much as possible.

Children should not be brought to appointmen­ts or to visit at present.

Visiting hours on the postnatal maternity ward will be from 9am to 6pm. Visitors may be asked to move to the ward day room or leave for a period of time if the midwife in charge of the shift assesses that there are too many visitors in one area.

Patients are asked not to arrive for scans or appointmen­ts more than five minutes before their allocated time to reduce the number of people in waiting rooms.

Lead midwife, Lesley Sharkey, said: “We would like to thank everyone for their continued co-operation as we make changes to maternity services.

“Our main priority is to maintain the safety of women, their families and our staff.”

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