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Preston and Chorley hospitals expand visiting hours due to ‘more stable Covid-19 position’

Written by on October 14, 2021

Visiting hours are set to increase for thousands of people heading to Royal Preston and Chorley hospitals to see loved ones.

It comes as the hospitals are in a ‘more stable Covid-19 position’ and had a reduction in the number of positive patients, the NHS trust behind the two hospitals has said.

As a result, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is now reintroducing visiting to adult inpatient areas on a controlled basis.

From today (October 14), patients will be supported to receive one visitor per day lasting a maximum of one hour between 2pm and 3pm or 6pm and 7pm every day.

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Arrangements will need to be made in advance between the ward area and the visitor. Ward areas will keep a list of hospital visitors’ names and contact details, to aid the NHS Test and Trace teams if contact tracing is indicated.

In order to gain access to the ward, all visitors are requested to provide evidence of a negative rapid lateral flow test. This means testing themselves prior to attending the hospital and demonstrating the negative test before entering the ward area.

If the above times do not suit the ward or visitor and patient’s requirements then alternative timings can be made – however the above principles still apply.

Chorley Hospital
Chorley Hospital

A spokesperson for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals said: “Throughout the pandemic, we have always kept our visitor policies under regular review to get the right balance between patient safety and flexibility for patients and their families…

“All staff and visitors must continue to comply with Government guidelines with regards to social distancing and hand hygiene practices in NHS settings. All visitors, unless exempt, must also wear a face covering and any PPE that the clinical area recommends.

“Other visiting arrangements such as end-of-life-care and within maternity, children and neonatal, remain the same. Our staff are encouraged to continue to consider any extenuating circumstances where an individualised plan of care is required that may differ from the above, however, this should be the exception.

“Social distancing measures in our workplaces remain unchanged.”

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