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Patients at NHS Ayrshire and Arran hospitals will once again be able to meet with their loved ones and receive visitors as NHS chiefs re-introduce designated visiting at hospitals.
The decision, which came into effect at the start of the week, is in response to the Scottish government’s Covid-19 strategic framework, current trends of low community transmission and the continued success of the vaccine programme.
Patients can now receive one visitor for each visiting appointment but can have multiple designated visitors who can visit during appointment times. Essential visiting criteria will still apply in special circumstances based on clinical judgement and the needs of patients and their families.
Nurse director Hazel Borland said: ‘Visitors are such a critical part of a patient’s recovery – we are delighted to welcome them back to our hospitals from Monday April 26.
‘We will continue to work hard to support people to see their loved ones in person again and, as people who are unwell in hospital are vulnerable and at a higher risk from Covid-19 we have to manage these visits carefully. This means it will still be a different experience compared to visiting before the global pandemic.
‘For those who are making a designated visit to one of our hospitals, we ask them to wear a mask, observe social distancing and follow all hand hygiene guidance. We are reminding anyone with Covid-19 symptoms not to visit.’
‘It is important for everyone coming into our sites to be aware that there will be restrictions, for example we are still unable to offer visitor access to our dining rooms at this stage.
‘I thank everyone for their patience and cooperation at this time and encourage anyone hoping to visit our hospitals to read the local guidance in full.’