Coronavirus in Calderdale: Calderdale Royal Hospital makes further cuts to visiting hours

The Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has announced new measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 1:53 pm

In line with national guidance from today the trust is restricting visiting times and the number of visitors across its hospital sites due to the raised awareness of the viral respiratory illnesses.

This includes Calderdale Royal Hospital.

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The NHS trust is now only allowing people to visit between 6.30pm and 7.30pm daily.

Children under the age of five are being asked not to visit.

A spokesperson for the NHS trust said: "Visitors must be immediate family members or carers.

"They should not visit any health and care settings, and this applies to all inpatient, diagnostic and outpatient areas, if they are: unwell, especially if they have a high temperature or a new, persistent cough and vulnerable as a result of their medication, a chronic illness or they are over 70 years of age.

"Visitors should be limited to one per patient unless the patient is receiving end-of-life care, the visitor needs to be accompanied – accompanying visitors should not stay in patient, ward or communal areas, and this applies to inpatient and outpatient settings, they are a partner and birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour.

"No children under 12 should be visiting without the ward sister or charge nurse’s prior permission.

"Slightly different rules apply to paediatrics and neonates – two visitors are allowed and this may include a child under 12.

"We ask for the public’s help in respecting these rules."

Additional information for visitors

All visitors should wash their hands when entering or leaving a ward - with soap and water or the alcohol gel provided. Facilities for using alcohol gel have been provided near to all the ward entrances.

People should use the bedside visitors’ chairs and do not sit on hospital beds.

Visitors are being asked not to use patients’ toilets but use the separate toilets for visitors instead.

A maximum of two visitors per bed at any one time is allowed, at the discretion of the nurse in charge. It also means that cleaning teams have improved access to patient areas and can clean thoroughly.

Except for seriously ill patients, if you feel you need to visit outside normal visiting hours please speak to the nurse in charge of the ward in the first instance.

If you want to leave the ward with the patient for a break or any other reason, you will need to check with ward staff.

In certain circumstances visitors may be asked to leave the ward, but they will be told why and when they can return.

Mobile phones, cameras and camcorders must not be used in ward areas.