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Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.

Hospital visiting gradually being reintroduced

The Scottish Government has announced that NHS Hospitals and other similar settings can gradually start to re-introduce hospital visiting to areas of the hospital with no active COVID-19. This will start from the 13 July. 

To keep everyone safe, new visiting arrangements are in place. Arrangements are as follows: 

Hospital visiting arrangements for patients with no active or suspected Covid-19

Patients with no active COVID-19 can have one designated visitor AND an essential visitor.

A designated visitor is someone chosen by the patient. Where possible, they should be the main link with the hospital staff for communication. This might be their spouse, next of kin or a friend. The designated visitor can be changed by arrangement, for example, if they become unwell.

An essential visitor includes the following:

  • Parents of children who are inpatients or attending an outpatient appointment. Parents must remain with their child at all times
  • To support someone with a mental health issue such as dementia, a learning disability or autism where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed
  • To support someone receiving end of life care.
  • Children must not visit.

All visiting arrangements MUST be made through the nurse in charge of the ward. 


Hospital visiting arrangements for patients who have suspected or active Covid-19

Visiting restrictions continue in active COVID-19 areas. These areas are restricted to essential visits only (see explanation above).


Hospital visiting arrangements for patients who are shielding or in a high-risk category

There are some patients who remain vulnerable and at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19). Strict shielding measures continue to be in place for these patients. Visiting remains restricted to essential visits only for many of these patients. If you are a designated visitor you should contact the ward in the first instance to check the local arrangements and confirm if a visit is possible – this will be risk assessed on an individual basis by the clinical team looking after the patient.


Hospital Visiting Arrangements by Location

In addition to a woman’s birth partner who is their essential visitor, we will be welcoming a designated visitor into...

In addition to a woman’s birth partner who is their essential visitor, we will be welcoming a designated visitor into all inpatient areas and labour wards across GGC Maternity Units. The time for these visits within the antenatal and postnatal wards can be pre-arranged with the individual wards to ensure the continued safety for our women, staff and visitors. Partners can also accompany women within NHSGGC for women’s scans and hospital outpatient appointments following guidance from the individual clinics.  

Visiting is restricted to the parents of children who are an inpatient or attending an outpatient appointment. Parent...

Visiting is restricted to the parents of children who are an inpatient or attending an outpatient appointment. Parents must remain with their child at all times. Both parents can visit at the same time. 

All visiting arrangements MUST be made through the nurse in charge of the ward. 

All visits should be arranged with the nurse in charge.  

All visits should be arranged with the nurse in charge.  

 All visiting arrangements MUST be made through the nurse in charge of the ward. 


When shouldn’t you visit? 

It is very important for the health and wellbeing of patients and staff that you do not visit if you have been feeling unwell in any way or have symptoms of COVID-19. This includes if you have a persistent coughflu-like symptomsfever or loss of taste or smell. 


What next?

When guided by the Scottish Government, these restrictions will be revised and altered depending on the outbreak status of the virus and any outbreak within the hospital and local community. 


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