Speaking at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust board meeting yesterday (Thursday), Juliet Pearce, director of nursing, midwifery and allied health professions, said significant easing of the current restrictions at St Mary’s in Newport will be announced next week.
Despite all remaining COVID-19 restrictions being lifted by the Government at the end of February, including the need to self-isolate, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust has kept infection, prevention and control measures in place.
At the moment, the Trust requires patients and visitors to wear face masks and only patients on certain wards who have been in hospital for over a week are permitted 1 visitor for 1 hour a day. Those attending appointments are asked to take a lateral flow test before arriving and social distancing and screens are still being utilised. Security guards have also been placed on the main doors to stop people from entering the hospital.
It has been confirmed that the visitor guidance has now been reviewed following the easing of COVID restrictions across the country and details of which restrictions will go will be announced in the coming week.
Juliet Pearce has said the reduction in restrictions will have a big impact on the way families and patients experience care and will also see a significant reduction in the number of complaints and concerns. However, it is not clear at this moment in time when the restrictions will be eased.
Concerns over restrictions and security on the front door of St Mary’s Hospital have been raised by members of the public in recent weeks and months.
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