Visiting restrictions in Oxfordshire hospitals FINALLY start to ease

Oxford University Hospitals has announced it will start allowing one visitor, for one hour, per patient, per day.

That's from Monday (29/06) and it means patients and their loved ones can see each other in person again.

But the change doesn't include the COVID-19 wards.

There's also different rules for some patients, like children, expectant mums and patients at the end of their life.

One hour slots will be booked in advance by staff on the ward, who will contact named next of kin to arrange the appointment.  

Slots will only be available between Monday and Friday.  

The NHS Foundation Trust runs the Churchill Hospital, John Radcliffe Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Sam Foster, Chief Nursing Officer at the Trust, said: "We are incredibly grateful to our patients and their families for being so understanding during this challenging time.  We recognise how extremely difficult the past few months have been for people who couldn't visit, and we have missed the support they can provide to their loved ones. 

"Now, in line with updated Government guidance, we will follow the 'rule of one' and allow one visitor per patient for one hour at a time. We will have measures in place to keep our patients and our visitors safe. This may mean that your experience is a little different but this is to make sure that patients, visitors and staff are kept safe.  

"Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding."

You can read more about the current restrictions in Oxfordshire, by clicking here.

Visiting is still not allowed on wards where patients with COVID-19 are being treated, and patients are expected to attend outpatient departments unaccompanied 'unless there are exceptional circumstances.'  

Patients attending Emergency Departments and Emergency Assessment Units are also expected to be unaccompanied. 

The 'Keep in Touch' service is also available here, for those who cannot visit their loved ones.

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