Peterborough City Hospital visiting restrictions to be dropped as COVID cases fall

Visiting restrictions at Peterborough City Hospital are set to be dropped as the number of COVID cases in the city continues to fall.

Wednesday, 4th August 2021, 3:49 pm
Peterborough City Hospital

The Trust had previously restricted visiting to inpatient areas from 26 July after cases locally were increasing and the number of Covid-positive patients in our hospitals had grown.

But from Friday (August 6) the restrictions will be eased.

However, mask wearing and social distancing will still be in place at the hospital.

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The changes are also being made at Hinchingbrooke and Stamford & Rutland hospitals.

Dr Kanchan Rege, Chief Medical Officer at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford and Rutland Hospitals, said: “We are pleased to gradually lift our visiting restrictions once again. We do not make these decisions lightly, and need to focus upon maintaining a safe environment for our staff, visitors and patients who are vulnerable to Covid-19.

“To do this we need everyone to follow the rules that we have in place when coming to our hospital sites, with enforced social distancing, mask-wearing, using the hand sanitising stations and following the signage that we have installed across our sites.”

For general inpatient visiting the trust’s visiting guidelines are:

Green non-Covid wards:

One visitor per day to be booked with the ward in advance (the same person each day) during allocated visiting hours, as per the following:

Odd numbered patient beds 1pm to 2pm

Even numbered patient beds 3pm to 4pm

Side rooms 3pm to 4pm

Please contact the wards to arrange this in advance.

In other areas:

One person to accompany ED attendees during the arrival process. Once booking in and triage is complete, the accompanying individual may be asked to leave to ensure social distancing can be maintained. This is at the discretion of the treating clinician.

Two visitors for end of life patients.

Visiting parent of a child in addition to the resident parent. No other children.

One carer for adult patients to support in exceptional circumstances e.g. dementia/anxiety/learning disability for an unspecified time.

No overnight stays are permitted, but these may be considered in exceptional circumstances with prior approval.

Outpatient Departments - No accompanying individuals unless at the discretion of the treating clinician (exceptions apply).

For Maternity Services, the visiting guidelines remain unaffected. These are:

One birthing partner in labour (induction of labour)

One birthing partner allowed into all hospital antenatal appointments and scans, including EPAU and Antenatal Day Unit. Lateral Flow testing to be completed prior to attending if coming to EPAU - please arrive 45 mins before your appointment. No children to attend antenatal appointments.

One visitor who was the birthing partner to visit between 08.00 – 20.00

Inpatient areas, one birthing partner can attend between 08.00 – 20.00. Siblings may attend however this needs to be arranged with the Midwife in Charge to be allocated a time spot in advance.

Time slots cannot be changed as these are in place to allow for social distancing

Inpatient areas, no birthing partner staying overnight