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Information on COVID

Please read the following patient visiting guidance and follow the links at the foot of this page to find our most current statements and guidance.

Whilst we want to encourage relatives and friends to visit, we are also mindful that our patients can sometimes get tired. For this reason, staff may at times advise those visiting to limit their time with a loved one in order to allow them to rest.

Mealtimes will remain protected, and we encourage you not to visit during these times, unless arranged in advance with the ward staff.

Protected mealtimes:

Breakfast 08:00-09:00

Lunch 12:30-13:30

Dinner 17:00-18:00

COVID-19 Updated patient visiting guidance – 18/07/22

Since the onset of the COVID pandemic we have been required to regularly review our visiting guidance in line with changing Government requirements and local infection rates. Whilst our normal arrangement remains for two visitors in any 24 hour period, our staff may need to adjust this by increasing or decreasing visiting access in response to local circumstances.

You may be asked to carry out or show evidence of negative lateral flow test prior to each visit to the ward and only visit if this is negative.

Please Note: it remains essential that anyone who is feeling unwell, particularly with a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss of smell or taste (anosmia) DOES NOT VISIT THE HOSPICE.

Visitors will continue to be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and wash their hands or use hand gel regularly. We appreciate that this is a very difficult situation, and we are doing our best to accommodate individual needs.

It is however essential that we balance this with the needs of our workforce to ensure we maintain safety for everyone. If you have any concerns regarding visiting, please speak to the ward manager or senior nurse on duty.

Please review the latest government advice for further information.

What is expected of me when visiting Hospice

COVID-19 Organisational Risk Assessment 2021-2022 Ardgowan Hospice v8 – July 2022

The following link is the Infection, Prevention & Control Manual guidance which Ardgowan Hospice follows

http://www.nipcm.hps.scot.nhs.uk/scottish-covid-19-community-health-and-care-settings-infection-prevention-and-control-addendum/

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