In light of some easing of national restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic, at Lindsey Lodge Hospice we have made the decision to slightly relax our no visiting policy for those patients that are admitted for symptom management.
We are now allowing two designated visitors per patient to visit flexibly between 2pm and 4pm and 6pm to 8pm every day. This will continue to be reviewed in light of any national guidance.
The visitors will be required to wear PPE (a surgical mask) throughout their visit.
Visitors will be required to sign in at reception as normal. The receptionist will ring through to IPU and a nurse will go and meet and greet the visitor and will ask health questions to ensure that visitors have not got a cough, fever or anosmia (a loss of smell and/or taste). This is to ensure the safety of our patients and staff that any suspicion of Covid-19 is recognised.
The nurse will ensure that the visitor wears a face mask and they will be escorted into the IPU and directly into the patient’s room. Visitors will be requested to use the hand gel before and after leaving the room and will be asked to remain in the room at all times during the visit.
It is important that social distancing is still observed within the patient’s room.
If a member of staff needs to enter the room and provide care to the patient, visitors must be aware that due to social distancing that they may be asked to step out of the room in order for our staff to provide the required care.
At the end of the visiting, visitors will make their way to reception to sign out and to also dispose of the mask in the allocated yellow bin.
Visiting for Patients at the End of Life remains unchanged and remains at the discretion of the Senior Nurse in the in-patient unit.