Visiting restrictions at hospitals across University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) are to be relaxed from tomorrow (Thursday 17 February 2022) to allow patients to be able to spend important time with their loved ones.
From tomorrow, a controlled booking system will be reinstated to enable one named visitor per patient to visit. Visits will be limited to a maximum of one hour per day. However, this is being kept under close review.
To ensure everyone’s safety, restrictions will remain in place on wards that are declared in outbreak. Other wards where there are COVID-19 positive patients will be able to use the controlled booking system. There is also no change to the existing Children’s, Neonates and Maternity visiting arrangements or to previously agreed visiting arrangements for patients who fit the criteria for Johns Campaign, where there are exceptional circumstances, or the patient is at end of life. These will be assessed on a case-to-case basis.
Bridget Lees, Executive Chief Nurse, UHMBT, said: "We understand how important and beneficial visiting it to our patients and we are glad to be in a position to ease our restrictions.
"Whilst this is of course a positive step for us, our patients and their loved ones, we will continue to keep this under review as we have done throughout the pandemic.”
A booking system will be used to avoid congestion in the hospitals. Bookings will only be taken between the hours of 10am - 12pm, Monday to Friday. Only one booking can be made at a time. Multiple bookings will not be possible, except on a Friday when visits for the weekend and following Monday can be arranged. Each patient will be entitled to one visit per day from one named visitor.
Visitors will be advised to complete Lateral Flow Tests (ordered through the national government system) and complete twice weekly testing during weeks that they are visiting their loved ones. While the Trust will not ask, it is asked that the public co-operate to protect Trust staff and patients.
In order to make a booking, visitors must call the main hospital switchboards as below between 10am - 12pm, Monday - Friday, to be put through to the relevant ward or department:
- Royal Lancaster Infirmary: 01524 65944
- Furness General Hospital: 01229 870870
- Westmorland General Hospital: 01539 732288
Infection prevention control measures, including social distancing, hand hygiene and wearing surgical masks, are still in place within the hospitals to keep Trust colleagues, visitors and patients safe.