The greatest protection is vaccination, and we want to urge everyone to keep themselves and their families, friends, our staff and hospital safe by supporting the vaccination programme and get fully vaccinated with 2 doses and a booster. We have seen the value of vaccination and know that in the patients who have received the first and second doses of vaccine the admission rates to hospital are much lower, as is the number of patients who then go one to need intensive care. Find more information about the Vaccine, or where you can get one here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
We ask you please continue to support us, your adherence to our recommendations and guidance will really make all the difference. Please note that we are continually reviewing our visiting guidance alongside government advice and local and internal infection rate and visiting guidance may change at short notice.
We understand how important visiting is for our patients and their family and friends. Whilst we are able to continue hospital visiting to help us keep our most vulnerable safe, and give extended family and friends an opportunity to ‘visit’ we recommend ‘virtual visiting’.
Our ward teams and carers are supporting telephone and video ‘virtual visiting’. Friends and family can speak to their loved ones either via the telephone or Zoom video. In order to use Zoom video calling, you will need to have the Zoom app installed on your devise.
How do I request a virtual visit for my loved one?
To request a Video or Telephone visit please speak with the ward team directly, with the following information:
- Email and telephone numbers of those wishing to participate in the call
- The patient's name
- The patient's date of birth
- The ward that the patient in on
- The preferred time and date to talk
Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Monday to Friday between 11am and 3pm on 01322 424827, with the patient information detailed above.
What happens once I have made a request for a virtual visit?
Once a request is received, the team will discuss with the ward to ensure that the patient is fit and able to participate, and gain the patient’s consent. They will then contact the friends or family to determine when the conversation can take place. We aim to contact you within 24hours of your request, although this may take longer during periods of high demand for the service. Please note the request service is not manned during the weekends or bank holidays. If you require an urgent virtual visit out of working hours, please contact the ward nurse in charge directly.
Once a time and date has been agreed, a team member will call the family or friends approximately 10 minutes before the meeting to ensure everyone is at home and knows when to expect.
Once the team open the meeting, the person at home will receive a message that the meeting is open. They then enter the meeting ID and Password (which will have been provided previously) at which time their image will appear on the screen at the hospital end and those at home should be able to see both the patient and all others in the Zoom meeting. Friends and family will then be able to have a multi-person chat with the patient and everyone else logged on.
A member of the team will be with the patient throughout the process to assist where necessary.
Visiting for vulnerable patients and their carers, will be more flexible and assessed on a case-by-case basis, such as patients with a learning disability, mental health disability, additional needs or where a visitor or carer not being present would cause the patient to be distressed. The same approach will be taken for patients that may require assistance with activities of daily living or communication due to language barriers.
We politely ask that only those requiring assistance with communication, and mobility, those with a named carer, children, vulnerable patients, and those that wish to be supported by a loved one bring one accompanying person.
Children attending Outpatient appointments and The Children's Resource Centre are to be accompanied by only 1 parent/guardian, where possible due to limited space.
We advise that you bring some activities for your child to pass the time in the waiting area. Its important children remain seated and supervised at all times by their accompanying parent/guardian to maintain safety and social distancing. We ask that children and babies are not placed on the floor to play due to the risk of infection.
The Maternity Department has limitations in place. Read these HERE.
- Patients attending our Emergency Department can be accompanied by a maximum of one person/carer if they choose to
- Regretfully, we are unable to accommodate the accompanying person in our Urgent Treatment Centre due to space limitations in the waiting area and the nature of the department.
- We ask that you continue to wear a face mask, unless exempt, where we ask that you wear a visor (which is available on request)
- Please do not request access to the hospital if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, unless for emergency treatment.
Below is some general practical advice and support for individuals visiting and accompanying patients at DGT:
- Personal belongings - Bring as few personal belongings as possible with you, e.g. bags, handbags, electronic devices, gifts and only non-perishable food for the patient. Take the opportunity to take any valuables your loved one may have home for safe keeping.
- Face coverings – We ask that you wear face coverings on entry to the hospital buildings and within the hospital and departments. If you are wearing your own cloth type face covering you must change to a hospital face mask on arrival to the ward or department, theses will be provided. If you are wearing a hospital type face mask on entry to the hospital you can keep this one on for the duration of your visit. Those who are medically exempt from wearing a face covering/mask, will be asked to wear a visor where possible. These are available in the main reception.
- Gloves - Please do not wear plastic/surgical gloves, if you are wearing gloves you will be asked to remove them. Gloves can easily cross contaminate and hand hygiene is a much more effective method. There are hand gel stations available throughout your journey through the hospital, and at entry and exit points of wards and departments.
- Social distancing – Where possible maintain a 1 metre/3 foot space physical distance.
- Arriving at the ward or department – sanitise with hand gel or wash your hands with soap and water on entering, staff will support you with any other instructions and guide you to your loved one. We recommend you use the hand gels provided, but if you have your own please ensure it is effective against bacteria AND viruses.
- Stay with your loved one - Another patient may ask you for help, it may be something simple such as passing something. If you or another patient needs assistance please call for help, or where appropriate ask your loved one, or another patient to press their call bell.
- Leaving the hospital - Wash or sanitise your hands on leaving the ward/department and hospital. Only remove your mask once you have left the hospital building. Sanitise your hands following removal of your face mask, and dispose of your face mask appropriately in the bins provided at hospital exit points.
- Vulnerable individuals – If you are extremely clinically vulnerable due to a medical condition or you live with someone who is extremely clinically vulnerable due to a medical condition, please be aware that by visiting a clinical environment such as a hospital, you are at greater risk of coming into contact with or developing Covid-19.