Sun. May 22nd, 2022

Isle of Wight Observer News

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Visitors now allowed for hospital patients

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Visiting restrictions have been eased at St Mary’s Hospital, with all patients, except those in the Intensive Care Unit, now allowed a daily visitor for up to one hour.

However, other restrictions remain in place, with all visitors required to wear a face mask, use hand sanitiser, keep physically distant from patients and staff and take a lateral flow test 24 hours before visiting. Visitors will need to book visiting time directly with the ward and can visit up to 8pm.

Director of nursing, Juliet Pearce, said: “We are delighted to be able to invite more people back into our hospital to spend time with their loved ones.

“We know how difficult it has been not to be able to visit while restrictions have been in place, and we are grateful to everyone for their support and patience.

“We have all worked hard to achieve lower rates of infection, but Covid continues to circulate in our community. Hands, face and space are still three important steps to follow, and we urge everyone to follow the provided advice and guidance.”

You should not visit if you have tested positive for Covid, have symptoms or have had contact with anybody who has in the last 10 days.

Visiting restrictions will be regularly reviewed and there may be exceptions on compassionate grounds. Full details of the visiting policy can be found at iow.nhs.uk/visiting.