The following guidance will be in place during the November national lockdown and covers all ESNEFT hospitals.
On 5 November 2020 we suspended visiting to all our hospitals to help stop the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and keep patients and staff safe.
An increase of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the local communities has led to an increase in patients with the virus at ESNEFT’s hospitals.
With new lockdown measures introduced in England, the hospitals’ teams took the difficult decision to stop visiting, as we did during the first wave of the pandemic.
One visitor – an immediate family member or carer – can visit if there are exceptional circumstances, for example:
- The patient you wish to visit is receiving end-of-life care
- You are a carer who supports a patient with a learning disability or dementia. Specific visiting advice for carers is here
Antenatal and maternity services visiting arrangements are here.
Staying in contact with families and loved ones
The Trust’s letters to loved ones service is still running and teams will continue to use iPads and mobile phones to help people keep in touch while face-to-face visiting is not possible.
In most cases, we ask that families nominate a key contact to liaise with hospital ward who can then share updates with other families and friends.
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