Visiting Resumes at NHS Lothian Hospitals

Visiting is now being carefully re-introduced in our sites. The move to Phase 2 means that patients in hospital wards with no COVID-19 outbreaks will be able to spend time with one designated visitor.

Separation for some families and friends has been difficult during the challenging times and we would like to thank patients and relatives for their understanding and patience.

One visitor can be assigned to each patient, and this will be in addition to the essential visitors already permitted in certain circumstances.

This includes patients receiving end-of-life care, for inpatients in our children’s services, for those accompanying partners during childbirth and for patients with mental health issues including dementia, learning disabilities and autism.

Visitors will be asked to adhere to the following guidance:

  • Arrange visits in advance
  • Wear face coverings as well as any PPE that the area requires
  • Maintain physical distancing where possible
  • Adhere to hand hygiene guidance
  • Restrict movement to other parts of the hospital unless in certain circumstances, such as a birth partner accompanying the patient to attend a scan.

Areas where there is a COVID-19 outbreak or areas with COVID-19 positive patients will remain at Stage 1 restrictions, with essential visitors only.

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