NHS Grampian is in stage 2 of the National ‘visiting loved ones’ guidance by stage. This stage is for essential visits plus a single designated visitor.
The restrictions do not apply to those identified as essential visitors.
The following visits are deemed essential:
- A birth partner during childbirth
- For a person receiving end-of-life care
- To support someone with a mental health issue such as dementia, a learning disability or autism where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed
- To accompany a child in hospital.
However visitors in this category should also consider whether a visit is essential even in these circumstances.
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen Maternity Hospital and Dr Grays Hospital are introducing visitor passes to support visiting arrangements for essential and designated visitors. This is following successful testing of visitor passes in some clinical areas. All visits are still by pre-arranged appointment and the process for visitor passes will be discussed with individual patients in these clinical settings and their identified visitors.
Visiting arrangements for designated visitors at facilities in Aberdeenshire, Woodend Hospital, Roxburgh Hospital, Royal Cornhill Hospital and Moray remain unchanged.
“Virtual visiting sessions are available with iPads available for patients to contact loved-ones and friends. These can be organised by contacting senior charge nurses.”
Anyone who is unwell and/or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 – a new, persistent cough and fever or high temperature – should NOT visit any patients in a hospital at any time.