Chesterfield Royal Hospital ask for help after thoughtless visitors flout 'rule of six' and mask laws

Chesterfield Royal Hospital have asked for co-operation from visitors after people entered the building without masks and flouted the ‘rule of six’ law.

Wednesday, 21st October 2020, 10:04 pm

The hospital said it wants to keep loved ones connected through their designated visiting system, launched to help keep coroanvirus at bay, but have had a ‘number of issues’ that have created risks to patients and staff.

A post on the hospital’s Facebook reads: “This includes several family members trying to come on to wards, bringing young children and wearing no face coverings, or wearing it under the nose.

"We’ve also had to ask visitors not to move chairs set two metres apart to help us comply with national regulations.”

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The hospital have outlined ways you can help protect others and yourself when visiting.

“One designated and named visitor per patient per week only.

“Visit at the time stated above the bed only - unless there are pre-agreed circumstances to change this (for a vulnerable patient or end of life care etc).

“Sign in and sign out of the ward using the book at reception.

“Wash and sanitise hands during your visit.

“Wear a face covering or face mask correctly.

“Please don’t bring children (we recommend visitors should be over 18).

“Don’t bring food and drink onto the ward.

“Keep to two metres of social distance - even with a mask on.

“Don’t move furniture that’s been placed to ensure social distancing is maintained.

“Please don’t take your relative off the ward and risk them picking up infection.”

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