From Monday 9 August, hospital visiting arrangements across the majority of NHSGGC wards are as follows:
From 8pm on Friday 27 August, some wards in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary have temporarily restricted visiting to essential visits only. Further information on these changes is available here.
From 8pm on Wednesday 13 October, visiting at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley has been temporarily restricted to essential visits only. Further information on these changes is available here.
As was the case before the COVID-19 pandemic, a full person-centred approach to family support does not mean an unmanaged approach to family support. It will be necessary to work with patients and families to develop processes and a culture that maximises the full benefits of family support and recognises the vital role this plays in high quality safe, effective, person-centred care. The main difference is that this needs to be balanced with the risks that COVID-19 still presents and needs to be cognisant of the safety measures which still need to be in place.
To maintain safety of patients, family visiting and staff this change still needs to be underpinned with local risk assessment to manage the ongoing need for all safety measures and scheduling of visits where necessary to help plan when family will be visiting and spread visits across the whole day. The social distancing measure of 2m still needs to be maintained until advised otherwise by the Scottish Government.
Maximum number of people visiting at a time should be in accordance with your social distancing risk assessment.
Blanket restrictions to times when family can provide support should be avoided where possible.
For all high risk patients a consultant led multi-disciplinary team (MDT), individual risk assessment is advised to aid decision making to determine whether visits can be safely supported or not. Patients advised against receiving a visitor must be provided with an explanation and this should be reviewed as the patient’s condition changes. The decision and rationale should be documented in the patients’ record.
These pages contain further information to support the local application of national guidance from Scottish Government for visiting in all hospitals in NHSGGC, to enable family support for people in hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The toolkit provides staff with further information to support the local application of national guidance from Scottish Government.
The leaflet provides visitors and patients with information about how hospital visiting will be managed at this time - please give to patients and their family or friend chosen to visit.
This guidance provides information for staff to support them to manage visiting arrangements in maternity settings.
The NHSGGC resources on this page should be read alongside the Scottish Government Visiting Guidance for Hospitals in Scotland (26 April 2021) which is aligned with the corresponding levels in Scotland’s Strategic Framework.