Visitors allowed back in parts of the Horton from Monday


‘Rule of One’ to be reintroduced allowing some inpatients visits from loved ones

Patients at the Horton General Hospital will be allowed visitors again on the majority of wards from this coming Monday (March 22).   As COVID-19 numbers drop in the community, Oxford University Hospitals will be reintroducing the ‘Rule of One’.   This allows inpatients to have one visitor, for one hour, once per day.   Visitors will need to be booked in by the ward staff.

Visiting is still not allowed in Emergency Departments, Emergency Assessment Units, and Outpatient Departments unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Different arrangements remain in place for some, such as maternity patients, child patients, patients at the end of their life, and patients with learning disabilities.

Sam Foster, Chief Nursing Officer at the Trust, said: “We are really pleased to welcome visitors back to our hospitals. Their support and input is incredibly valuable to both our patients and our staff.

“We have worked closely with our colleagues to make sure we can reintroduce visiting safely, in a controlled manner. It is still as important as ever that our visitors follow rules around hand hygiene, wearing a face covering or face mask, and social distancing when in our hospitals.  These are the best ways to keep us all safe, and ensure that controlled visiting can remain in place.

“As always, we will keep this under review over the coming weeks and would like to thank everyone for their continued patience and understanding.”

Full visiting information is available here.    The ‘Keep in Touch‘ service is also available for those who cannot visit their loved ones.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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