Chesterfield Royal Hospital issues advice on visiting relatives during coronavirus pandemic
Chesterfield Royal Hospital has altered visiting arrangements to ‘protect our staff, patients and local communities’ during the coronavirus crisis.
Hospital bosses say they don’t want to prevent people seeing sick relatives but have asked them to consider if their visit is ‘essential’.
'Essential' is restricted to close family relatives and friends – and others who ‘have legitimate carer responsibilities for the patient’.
A statement from the Royal says: “Fewer people on our site helps to reduce 'foot fall' and the spread of infection. We know visiting is important for people’s wellbeing, but please consider if your visit is absolutely essential.”
Visiting is strictly from 6-8pm and any exceptions must be agreed with the ward matron or nurse in charge.
Numbers are also limited to two visitors per patient, per day to reduce numbers on-site at the hospital.
“If someone is unable to make decisions for themselves, has dementia, is critically ill or nearing the end of their life, we will talk to you and agree the best way to meet your visiting needs,” the statement adds.
“Mums-to-be and new mums are limited to one birth partner/visitor. Siblings and other children under the age of 16 will not be admitted to the birth centre or ward.”
No visitors under the age of 16 will be admitted to any adult wards.
A maximum of two parents or carers to accompany each child on the children’s ward.
“Please consider not bringing other children to the hospital at this time,” the Royal says.