Restrictions on visiting in local community hospitals and mental health wards will begin to be relaxed from next week.
Community Hospitals in Bromsgrove, Tenbury, Malvern, Kidderminster, Pershore, Worcester and Evesham have all been closed to visitors since the start of January when COVID-19 cases began to increase with the exception of End of Life care . Mental health units in Herefordshire and Worcestershire have also been closed to visiting unless in exceptional circumstances.
From Monday, 29th March patients will be able to designate one close family contact or somebody important to the patient relative or friend who will be able to visit them initially once a week. This is to ensure footfall in the sites remains controlled.
Visitors will need to contact the ward in advance to book their visiting slot and will be provided with a face mask before entering the hospitals/units which must be worn throughout their visit. Other infection control measures, for example social distancing and hand washing will also be required.
Michelle Greatorex, Director of Nursing and Quality at Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, which runs the community hospitals in Worcestershire and mental health wards across both counties, said: “We are really pleased to be taking the first steps towards what we hope will be a return normal visiting arrangements. We aren’t quite there yet and it may still be some months before all restrictions can be lifted, but doing this in a more controlled way will help ensure patients and relatives benefit from some face to face time together in as safe a way as possible.”
Car parking charges have also been suspended at all the Trust’s sites until the end of June, meaning visitors will benefit from free car parking during their visit.
For further information, including contact and booking details for all our wards, visit our visiting information page.