Visiting restrictions reintroduced at West Herts Hospitals

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust operates from three hospitals - Watford General, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead

By Holly Patel
Tuesday, 4th January 2022, 9:34 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th January 2022, 9:36 am

Visiting at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust has been temporarily suspended amid concerns about Covid-19 case rates.

The hospital trust, which covers Watford General Hospital, St Albans City Hospital and Hemel Hempstead Hospital, introduced restrictions from from Saturday, January 1 - but says it will monitor the situation carefully and review the decision again after two weeks, with a view to reinstating visiting.

Tracey Carter, the trust’s Chief Nurse, said: “We recognise how important visiting is for patients and their families.

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Visiting restrictions reintroduced at West Herts Hospitals

"However, the increase in cases locally does now pose a greater risk and we feel that it is now necessary to restrict visiting to keep our patients and staff as safe as possible.

"We hope to be able to ease these restrictions as soon as we can do this safely.”

In exceptional circumstances, for example when visiting children or patients receiving end of life care, visiting arrangements can be made in advance by contacting the ward directly. Visit the trust website for more information.

Exceptional circumstances include visits when:

> The patient is receiving end of life care.

> The patient is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

> The patient is a child on a paediatric ward, being visited by their parents or an appropriate adult.

> The patient has a mental health issue, where not having a family member present would cause distress to the patient.

> The patient has dementia, a learning disability or autism, where not having a family member present would cause distress to the patient.

Visiting arrangements for maternity services at the hospital sites will not be affected by these changes.

Further details about current visiting arrangements for maternity are available on the trust’s maternity services website.