Hospital visiting restricted to those in patient’s bubble


Changes for those planning to visit a person in the Horton General

The rules for visiting patients at the Horton General Hospital and other Oxford University Hospitals have changed.    Patients will still be permitted one visitor, for one hour, each day, but these visitors must now be from the patient’s household or designated support bubble.

As has been the case recently, one hour slots will be booked in advance by staff on the ward, who will contact named next of kin to arrange the appointment. Slots are available seven days a week.

Some patients will have different arrangements, such as women in labour, child patients, patients at the end of their life, and patients with learning difficulties.

However visiting is still not allowed on wards where the hospital is treating patients with COVID-19.

Patients attending the Emergency Departments and Emergency Assessment Units are expected to attend unaccompanied, as are patients attending outpatient departments, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Sam Foster, Chief Nursing Officer at the Trust, said: “We really value the importance of visitors in our hospitals, and have appreciated the difference they have to our patients when under our care.

“We have kept our visiting policy under constant review since the start of the pandemic, and must have a degree of flexibility to make sure we are operating in the safest way for our patients and their families.

“We know this new measure may have an impact on some of our patients, and we’re grateful for everyone’s ongoing understanding and patience, as always.”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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