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 to the Hospital is from 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm. When visitors arrive at the Hospital we would ask them to please clean their hands and again when they are leaving.
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
- Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to visit without permission by the Clinical Nurse Manager or Nurse in charge of the ward
- If you have any cold / flu / COVID symptoms or vomiting or diarrhoea please postpone the visit until you are 48 hours symptom free
- 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
- Visitors are also asked not to sit on patients beds or touch any medical equipment to reduce the risk of cross infection
- 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.