Visiting Arrangements in TUH
Visitors are regarded as an important part of the patient's day and are very welcome. The Hospital fully appreciate the importance of a patient having a visit from their loved ones and the very important part a visit plays in their recovery.
We would like to thank our patients and their loved ones for their patience and support in the last two years. We appreciate it has not been easy for people receiving care, for their families and loved ones.
The Hospital need to carefully mange the risk of COVID-19 coming into the Hospital as visiting returns. COVID-19 is spread mainly when people share an indoor space with an infectious person for a period of time. People with symptoms are generally more infectious but people can spread the virus to others before symptoms develop. Any patient, staff or other person who enters the space may introduce infection.
We all still need to be careful in relation to the risk of infectious people entering a hospital. Some patients may be satisfied not to have visitors during their time in hospital.
Visiting Guidelines - from May 16th 2022
All patients in inpatient areas of the Hospital may nominate one support person. Access for that support person will be as flexible as possible, within the hours of 2pm to 4pm & 6pm to 8pm.
The nominated support person should normally attend alone but some people may need someone to accompany them. As the risk of spread of infection is greater with closer and more prolonged contact, people who access hospitals should limit their interaction with others within the wards and units to the least possible number of people necessary and visit for a short time only
Please remember you are visiting at a time when we are dealing with COVID-19, in visiting the Hospital you are accepting the risks associated with attending the healthcare setting.
We would ask all visitors observe the following:
- People accessing the hospital are required to perform hand hygiene regularly and should wear a surgical mask during the visit
- If you have any cold / flu / COVID symptoms or vomiting or diarrhoea please postpone the visit
- The Hospital is a no smoking hospital this includes the use of electronic smoking devices
- If you are bringing food into patients, please check with the staff in charge - this is to decrease the risk of food contamination and patients may also be on a restricted diet
- Use visitor toilets rather than patient toilets this reduces the risk of cross-infection
- Please dispose of any litter properly, help us to keep our communal areas and entrances clean. This includes lifts and stairwells.
- Please note that for infection control reasons flowers or plants are not permitted
- Please note that visiting during mealtimes is forbidden. This enables patients’ to eat and enjoy their meals uninterrupted, an essential requirement for good nutrition so our patients can recover more quickly. The only exception to this is if you are a carer providing assistance with a patient’s mealtime
- Never bring alcohol or drugs to patients
If you see this symbol when visiting the wards please be aware of its importance. This spiral symbol means that a patient is imminently dying or has died. We would ask all visitors to be respectful and avoid mobile phone use and to be prepared to meet people who are grieving during your time on the ward.