The Department of Health has confirmed changes to visiting arrangements for all care settings
New Visiting Arrangements from Friday 7 May 2021
- Hospitals – One daily visit from one of two nominated individuals (from up to two households) can be permitted, where this can be accommodated within COVID secure environments. Where the visitor requires assistance then no more than 1 additional person will be permitted to accompany them when this can be accommodated within social distancing guidance.
- In Hospices – One daily visit from two nominated individuals can be permitted at the same time, where this can be accommodated within COVID secure environments Since safe management of visiting remains crucial, it may be necessary to continue to restrict visiting times to certain periods within the day, so the timing and duration of visits should always be agreed with person in charge
- In Maternity Services – one chosen person to accompany the pregnant woman to dating scan, anomaly scan, early pregnancy clinic, fetal medicine appointments and when the woman is in active labour (to be defined by midwife). A chosen birth partner will be facilitated to accompany the pregnant woman for induction of labour, duration of labour and birth and, for up to three hours after the birth.
- Care homes – Immediate family members (or close family friends) can visit. To ensure the residents stay safe families are required to take a coordinated approach and ensure the number of visitors is kept to a minimum (no more than 2 at any one visit). Frequency of visits will depend upon the current outbreak status of the home unless there are exceptional circumstances such as end of life care.
The guidance is subject to local risk assessment. It will be kept under constant review and revised as appropriate.