Visiting Information Update

October 2020

Visiting is now subject to local discretion by each individual health care Trust.  As we are currently subject to Tier 3 Governemnt measures within Lancashire, 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. 

Please see the following visiting arrangements to support patients with additional support needs in each area (guidance from 15th September):

  • 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 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.