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NHS visiting rules: Bedfordshire hospital patients allowed more visitors for longer as Covid restrictions relaxed

NHS visiting rules: Bedfordshire hospital patients allowed more visitors for longer as Covid restrictions relaxed

Patients in hospitals on adult wards across Bedfordshire will now be allowed more visitors for longer periods of time as the NHS trust in charge of Bedfordshire’s hospitals relax Covid restrictions.

Two visitors will be allowed to visit patients for up to six hours a day between 2pm and 8pm. However, nurses on wards reserve the rights to restrict visitors in order to avoid overcrowding.

Visitors under the age of 16 won’t be able to accompany an adult visiting on the adult wards though, and anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 or who have a positive household contact will still not be allowed to visit.

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Facemasks are still required at all times on the ward and when inside any other ‘Facemask Wearing Zones’ in the hospital. The rules are now in place at Bedford Hospital and Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.

A Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Trusts spokesperson said: “Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust can confirm that visiting restrictions have been relaxed further on our adult inpatient wards and our neonatal wards. The Trust recognises and values the contribution that visiting provides to our patients’ wellbeing and recovery but also has to ensure that any changes implemented are done so in the safest way possible.

“We have to be extremely careful about our visiting restrictions, especially when there might be higher incidences of Covid-19 cases locally. As such, it is important to note that this further relaxing of restrictions could change at short notice if it becomes unsafe to continue.

“We do still need to be mindful that Covid-19 is still with us and there are precautions that we still need to adhere to, to not only protect patients but to also protect our staff, keep them well so they can continue to provide safe and essential quality patient care.”

Slightly different rules now apply at neonatal wards, as well as on paediatric and maternity wards. For the full details, click here.

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