Visiting restrictions further eased at QEH – QEH News

Visiting restrictions are being further relaxed at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

Following fresh national guidance, from Monday 13 June, patients will be allowed to have up to two visitors at any one time, between 2pm and 8pm daily.

Booking will no longer be necessary for visits, but it is a recommended that visitors contact wards in advance.

Outpatients will continue to be allowed to bring a chaperone to accompany them to appointments and compassionate visiting for those patients with dementia, at end-of-life, with learning disabilities, autism, mental health problems, children and maternity remains in place (see our website for further details).

Some rules will remain in place at the hospital to help keep people safe from COVID-19.

This includes all visitors wearing facemasks whilst on wards, and in other areas where they are interacting with patients.

Visitors will be encouraged to wear facemasks elsewhere while on site and will be required to continue adequate hand hygiene practices on arrival and departure from the hospital, as well as entry and exit from wards.

Finally, all visitors are being encouraged to take a Lateral Flow Test before attending the Trust, to provide an additional layer of safety.

Alice Webster, Chief Nurse at QEH said: “We know how important visiting is for our patient’s recovery so it’s fantastic news that we are able to further relax our visiting restrictions to allow longer visiting hours and up to two visitors at a time per patient.

“We will continue monitoring the situation carefully, and ensuring Hands, Face, Ventilate guidance is followed, so that our patients, staff and visitors are all kept safe.”

Please do not visit any hospital or healthcare facility if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, are a close contact of someone who is confirmed COVID-19 or if you have symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting within 48 hours of the planned visit.

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For further information, please contact Deborah Watson or Madeleine Pinkham, Joint Head of Communications on Deborah.watson@qehkl.nhs.uk and madeleine.pinkham@qehkl.nhs.uk or call 01553 613216. (out of hours 07974 359001 – Deborah)

Notes to editors:

Ward numbers can be viewed here: http://www.qehkl.nhs.uk/ward-numbers.asp?s=main&ss=contacts&p=ward.information

Clinics numbers can be viewed here: http://www.qehkl.nhs.uk/clinicnumbers.asp?s=main&ss=contacts&p=clinic.numbers

We provide a comprehensive range of specialist, acute, obstetrics and community-based healthcare services to around 331,000 people across west and north Norfolk, in addition to parts of Breckland, Cambridgeshire and South Lincolnshire.

We have more than 4,000 staff and volunteers, approximately 530 beds, and a helipad for air ambulances. We work with neighbouring hospitals for the provision of tertiary services, including as part of regional partnership and network models of care, such as the trauma network. Some specialist services and clinics are provided in community facilities, such as the North Cambridgeshire hospital in Wisbech.

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