Update to Adult Inpatient Visiting Arrangements

From Thursday 6th May 2021, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals will partially relax its visiting arrangements for adult inpatient areas which will see the following changes:

  • Patients will be allowed one visitor per day lasting a maximum of one hour between the times of either 2pm – 3pm or 6pm – 7pm (seven days per week). Arrangements to visit a patient need to be made directly with the relevant ward.
    • Some wards, such as Critical Care, may have further flexibility on these times.
    • Please note that some of our surgical wards which include Ward 11 at Royal Preston Hospital and Leyland Ward and Sellers Ward at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital will not yet be accepting visitors under these arrangements. This will be under regular review.
       
  • In order to gain access to the ward, visitors are requested to provide evidence of a negative rapid lateral flow test. This means testing yourself prior to attending the hospital and demonstrating the negative test before entering the ward area.
    • Information on how to obtain Covid-19 Lateral Flow tests is available on the Government website here. If you cannot order online, call 119. Lines are open 7am to 11pm and calls are free.
    • If you test positive, or are displaying Covid-19 symptoms, please do not attend our hospitals. Everyone in the household must self-isolate immediately and the person who tests positive must get a PCR test to confirm the result
       
  • If you would prefer to use Facetime rather than visiting our hospitals, this will remain in place. This also applies to other relatives of the patient and can be organised directly with the ward.
     
  • Please note that Children’s Assessment Unit and Children's Day Case, Children's Ward, Neonatal Unit and Maternity Unit guidance will continue to follow their existing arrangements which can be found by clicking the relevant link above.

All visitors must continue to comply with Government guidelines with regards to social distancing and hand hygiene practices. All visitors, unless exempt, must also wear a face covering and any PPE that the clinical area recommends.

Please see the following visiting arrangements to support patients with additional support needs in each area:

  • Adult Inpatient Visiting - patients with additional support needs:  
    Extended visiting for up to a maximum of 2 nominated people from the patients bubble for patients receiving End of Life Care.
    Extended visiting to one nominated person from the patients bubble to provide carers support to patients with additional needs, including patients with a cognitive impairment / learning disability / autism / visual / auditory impairment / language barriers.
     
  • Children’s Assessment Unit and Children's Day Case Visiting:
    One parent / guardian can be present with their child so long as they are part of the family bubble

    You can read our full Children’s Assessment Unit and Chldren's Day Case Visiting Guidance here .   
     
  • Children’s Ward Visiting:
    Both parents / guardians can be present with their child so long as they are part of the family bubble.

    You can read our full Children’s Ward Visiting Guidance  here
     
  • Neonatal Unit Visiting:
    Both parents can be present with their child so long as they are part of the family bubble.

    You can read our full Neonatal Unit Visiting Guidance here .
     
  • Maternity Unit Visiting:
    Two birthing partners can be in attendance for labour and birth on Delivery Suite / Birth Centre.
    Visiting is restricted to one named person only on the maternity wards between 10am and 6pm.
    All visitors will continue to be asked to wear a face mask at all times. - All visitors will be asked to remain by the bedside when visiting in all areas.
    Only one named person will be permitted to attend the Maternity Ward as the ‘named partner’.
    They will be identified on admission to the unit and will be asked to wear a visiting name band.

    You can read our full Maternity Unit Visiting Guidance  here.
     
  • Outpatient appointments
    Patients should attend outpatient appointments alone to reduce the spread of infection.
    When patients are unable to attend alone, for example require carers support, including patients with a cognitive impairment/ learning disability/ autism/ visual/ auditory impairment/language barriers, one person from the patients bubble may accompany the patient to the appointment.

    You can read our full Outpatients Appointments Guidance  here.

A small number of people are unable to wear masks due to underlying medical conditions, we ask our staff to promote good infection prevention practice and as such visitors not wearing a mask will be asked using a polite approach why this is. Please do not be offended if you are asked on more than one occasion the staff are aiming to prevent the spread of infection.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this challenging time.

We will review these arrangements on a regular basis and in the context of the environment we are providing care in.