MASKS AND TESTING TO REMAIN AT ST MARY’S HOSPITAL BUT VISITING INCREASED

Face masks, lateral flow testing, social distancing and some visiting restrictions are to remain at St Mary’s Hospital, despite bosses saying that restrictions would be ‘significantly eased’.

It has been confirmed by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust this morning (Sunday) that patients will, from tomorrow, be allowed to have increased contact with family and loved ones. However, unfavourable restrictions such as masks, social distancing and having to test before entering the hospital will remain.

Patients across all wards – except Intensive Care – will be permitted a daily visitor for 1 hour between 10:00-20:00. The visitor will have to book in advance and must remain 1m away from staff and other patients.

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Juliet Pearce, director of nursing, midwifery and allied health professions, said last week that restrictions would be ‘significantly eased’ and that the reduction in restrictions would have a ‘big impact’ on the way families and patients experience care. However, this doesn’t appear to be the case as very little will change from tomorrow (Monday 14th March).

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust says that the following infection prevention and control measures will remain at St Mary’s Hospital and at community-based locations:

  • Wearing face masks
  • Hand sanitation
  • Physical distancing (Visitors must maintain a 1 metre plus physical distance from other patients and staff)
  • Lateral flow test (Test is taken within 24 hours prior to visiting)

It’s unclear at this stage if the lateral flow testing requirement will remain going into next month when free tests will become a thing of the past. If the requirement does remain, visitors will affectedly have to pay for entry to the hospital as the Government scraps free testing.

The Trust says visiting restrictions will be ‘regularly reviewed’.

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Paul
Paul
4 months ago

So just more lies from St Mary’s then.

Emmeline
Emmeline
Reply to  Paul
4 months ago

People previously relatively unheard of or of significant influence rarely want to give up extraordinary powers once they are given.

fred
fred
Reply to  Paul
4 months ago

More lies from the people in echo chambers that ignore the truth. All viruses pose a threat to people who are seriously ill. Stop thinking of yourself all the time and consider others for once.

Davimel
Davimel
4 months ago

There are so little changes that I struggle to see how they can claim that restrictions will be ‘significantly eased’.
Perhaps one department ‘forgot’ to talk to another about changes or management made a unilateral decision to just forget the whole thing!

Sunshine
Sunshine
4 months ago

A sensible decision, well done St Mary’s. Too many complacent people walking around now without wearing a mask, they don’t care for social distancing either. COVID is on the rise again. I am currently isolating having tested positive. I have been so careful for 2 years, always worn a mask and respected social distancing. It is not pleasant at all. If a patient who is sick, weak and vulnerable gets this, they will be in for a rough time.

Trueblue
Trueblue
Reply to  Sunshine
4 months ago

… Glad everyone’s not like you – this madness would go on forever!!

Paul
Paul
Reply to  Sunshine
4 months ago

Well just goes to show that wearing masks and “social distancing” makes no difference at all doesn’t it. It’s time people like you woke up to the fact that masks don’t help.

fred
fred
4 months ago

Wearing a mask is a minor inconvenience. It is NOT an assault on your freedom.
People saying no to this are displaying their inconsideration and conceit for everyone to see. You’re entering a hospital where people who, if caught any virus, could lead to their death are. Saying no is saying to these people “I don’t give a dam about you, I do not care if you catch flu and die”. This is the simple and clear truth of the matter. This should have been the case before the pandemic.

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  fred
4 months ago

I am not going to spend the rest of my days walking around with a bit of fabric covering up half my face

if you are so worried, then you wear one or stay in….stop trying to impose unnatural things on the rest of us, against our will.

a mask is like trying to stop marbles with a tennis net….useless

Sunshine
Sunshine
Reply to  isle of wighter
4 months ago

Why is it so much of an inconvenience to put on a mask in BUSY, CONFINED public places? In the supermarket and on public transport where infection can spread so easily. Some people are just so bloody selfish and inconsiderate towards others.

Trueblue
Trueblue
Reply to  Sunshine
4 months ago

‘Some people’ just want to get on with their lives again! And focus on more important things.

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Sunshine
4 months ago

Because it isn’t natural “sunshine” and I won’t be doing it

Paul
Paul
Reply to  fred
4 months ago

You are an idiot.

Karen
Karen
Reply to  Paul
4 months ago

No you paul are the idiot.msm believer.so sad

Miss Sensible
Miss Sensible
4 months ago

It’s called respect !!!
If someone is wearing a mask respect their space …
If someone is in a queue respect their space…
Alas to many people are disrespectful of other people ….
They may have family members who are frail and vulnerable…
Think about it if your husband/ wife …mother/father could Die because of Covid would you be so selfish?????
Some cases are very mild, but to someone with cancer they could Die …
Respect is not difficult ….
Think of how you would feel imagine how devastated you would be if it was your family/friends….
Just THINK!!!!!!

Miss Sensible
Miss Sensible
Reply to  Miss Sensible
4 months ago

The covidiots live on !!!!
All your accounts !!!!
Logic sense and respect is obviously not in your vocabulary?????
Selfish uncaring your way or the highway is probably your mantra ….
Well one day it will turn around and bite you on your A —
And when you need someone to care which will happen one day hopefully they will treat you with the disrespect you deserve !!!!

John
John
4 months ago

The Prime minister ended restrictions, but HMP St Mary’s make up their own rules!

 

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