Visiting Information Update

15 September 2020

The national suspension on visiting due to the Covid-19 pandemic has been lifted. This means that visiting is now subject to local discretion by each individual health care Trust.  As we still have local lockdown restrictions in place in Preston, and rising numbers of Covid cases within communities throughout Chorley and South Ribble, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust will for the time being focus on supporting visiting for those patients with additional needs only.  This will be reviewed on a regular basis in line with local and national rates of infection in order to continue to keep our patients, staff, visitors and local community safe during the pandemic. 

From the 15th September 2020, please see the following visiting arrangements to support patients with additional support needs in each area:

  • Adult Inpatient Visiting:  
    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.

    You can read our full Adult Inpatient Visiting Guidance here.
  • Children’s Assessment Unit 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 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.
    One birthing partner can support women in early labour and when labour is being induced on the Maternity Ward at all times.

    You can read our full Maternity Unit Visiting 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.

Outpatient appointments

Most of our outpatient appointments are now being undertaken in a different way. When it is necessary to attend the hospital, the patient should attend alone, where this is not possible, either due to potential psychological distress or physical support, one person may accompany the patient attending outpatients, both should wear face coverings.

Please contact the ward or department in advance to discuss appropriate arrangements. Your health, safety and wellbeing, that of our patients, communities and staff across the organisation remain our absolute priority. We will support you to find other ways of keeping in touch with your loved ones in hospital, like phone and video calls. If you are worried please speak to the nurse in charge.

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.