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Visiting suspended at Rotherham Hospital

31 Dec 2021 09:54:40
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Visiting within adult inpatient wards at Rotherham Hospital is being temporarily suspended with immediate effect due to the rapid spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant in the local community. Rotherham currently has the highest community infection rate in South Yorkshire, and one of the highest across Yorkshire and the Humber.

Victoria Hazeldine, Deputy Chief Nurse at the Trust, said: “The welfare of our patients, their families and our staff is our top priority. Rotherham has one of the highest community infection rates in the region and this poses a greater risk to our hospital patients if we allow visiting at this time.

“We understand it is difficult when a loved one is in hospital and how important visiting is to our patients and their families, making this an extremely difficult decision to make.

“There are some exceptions to our new restrictions. Patients with learning disabilities, autism or dementia will be able to have one visitor. Patients receiving end of life care are able to have one visitor at a time after discussion with the Nurse in Charge on the relevant ward.

“Visiting for these patients can be arranged by contacting the ward directly. These visitors should take a lateral flow test before visiting the hospital, and only attend if the result is negative, they are well and have no symptoms of Covid-19. Face coverings must be worn when in the hospital building.

“There is free WIFI accessible throughout the Trust and ward areas have iPad facilities should your loved ones require them. This can be arranged by the ward teams.

“Visiting for our maternity services and Special Care Baby Unit are not changing. Paediatric patients on our children’s ward or attending the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre can also have one parent or guardian with them at a time.

“Those attending outpatient clinics or the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre should attend alone unless the visiting criteria are met or they require assistance, in which case a maximum of one other person is allowed to accompany them.

“We will continue to monitor the situation regularly and we will reinstate visiting as soon as we are able to do so in a way that keeps our patients, families and staff safe.”

Full details of the hospital’s visiting restrictions are available on our website: https://www.therotherhamft.nhs.uk/News/Current/Visiting_restrictions/