How you can keep in touch with your loved one
Latest Update to Visiting Guidelines 25th June 2021
Residents are entitled to unlimited named visitors, who will need to complete a rapid lateral flow test on the day of each visit and produce a negative result, as well as wear the PPE provided (including a hospital face mask). We are speaking to residents and relatives to find out who they would like as their named visitors. Please speak to Mia in the testing station if you are not sure who the named visitors are for your relative or want to discuss this. To reduce the risk of infection, residents can have no more than 2 visitors at a time or over the course of one day (Essential Care Givers are exempt from this daily limit). Please book visits through the testing station by emailing or telephoning 01406 422283 option 203. Performing home lateral flow tests is an option for those who prefer it, please discuss this with us so that we can ensure you are adequately trained in performing the testing process and reporting the test yourself.
Essential Care Givers
Each care home resident can choose to nominate one Essential Care Giver (E.C.G.). E.C.G.s must take a minimum of 2 rapid lateral flow tests a week and one PCR test a week and any other outbreak testing staff may be conducting. E.C.G.s can visit more freely without time restrictions and can continue to visit during outbreaks providing neither you nor your relative tests positive. This is a very responsible position and requires the person to commit to maintaining the highest standards of infection control, ensuring PPE is always worn correctly and government guidelines are followed when outside the home. If two or more E.C.G.s test positive for Covid-19 this may result in the home being shut to all other visitors and we would not be able to admit or discharge patients for 28 days, so we would strongly encourage all visitors to be double-vaccinated.
We are currently speaking to residents and their families to find out if they would like to nominate an E.C.G. Please speak to Reception if this has not been discussed with you and you would like to apply to be an E.C.G.
An E.C.G. must be able to commit to the following:
- a lateral flow test and PCR test every Tuesday before lunchtime (the PCR test must be done at the hospital). This will be done on a drop-in basis, please report to the Testing Station between 9am and midday every Tuesday from Tuesday 6th July and every Tuesday thereafter. Visiting will commence on this date.
- a lateral flow test every Friday (these can be done either at the hospital or at home but if done at home, you will need to ensure you include the hospital’s unique number 10145811 and provide evidence such as a text, email, or photo of the negative test. Please email evidence to . We do have tests for relatives to use at home so please ask if you require any. Otherwise please attend the testing station every Friday starting from 9th July and every Friday thereafter.
- E.C.G.s are permitted to visit during times of outbreak but must ensure they follow the highest standards of infection control methods and commit to following the same testing as staff, which may include daily lateral flow tests.
- ringing or emailing on the day or day before to let us know approximately when you will be arriving.
- E.C.G.s must maintain a minimum of 2m social distancing from all staff, other residents, and relatives.
- Please be advised that the family room will not be available; however, you may wish to bring your own refreshments. In this instance you would have to maintain a minimum of 2m distance between yourself and your relative while refreshments are consumed.
Visits Out of The Care Home
Opportunities for care home residents to make visits out of the home are an important part of care home life. No visit out of a care home during a pandemic is without risk, but there are steps we can take to reduce those risks. Named visitors or E.C.G.s can book a visit out of the home but named visitors need to have a lateral flow test on the day of the visit (either at home providing evidence on arrival or done at the Testing Station) and the resident will need a test before the visit and three days after. Where possible, anyone else who the resident meets as part of an indoor visit should undertake a lateral flow device test and receive a negative result on the day of the visit. This can be confirmed by the named visitor. All tests should be reported to the unique organisation number (UON) of the care home. Visits that remain outdoors provide the lowest risk, indoor visits must follow government guidelines.
There are certain types of activity where the risks are inherently higher and will mean that the resident should self-isolate on their return. These activities are:
- overnight stays in hospital
- visits assessed to be high-risk following an individual risk assessment
All other visits out of the care home that are not assessed as high risk will be supported without the need to isolate on return to the care home. Please book trips out through the testing station by emailing or telephoning 01406 422283 option 203, providing details of the trip so that, if needed, the Manager can be consulted.
Garden Visits and Window Visits
Residents can meet more than their named visitors by booking garden or window visits. Named visitors and E.C.G.s can also book garden visits if they wish.
The following will apply to garden visits:
- You will not be permitted to enter the hospital building (toilet facilities are available in the Testing Centre) unless you are an E.C.G.
- We would encourage you to maintain 2m distance from your relative, if you cannot maintain 2m distance a face mask must be worn at all times and you must ensure you practise regular handwashing (facilities available in the testing station)
- Lateral flow tests are not required (providing you always remain outdoors)
- Summer houses are available if you would prefer to sit in the shade.
Please book garden and window visits through the testing station by emailing or telephoning 01406 422283 option 203.
Telephone calls and Video calls
We have a dedicated mobile phone that residents may borrow to speak to loved ones. We can also book Whatsapp or Skype video calls for you. Please email to book, otherwise you can telephone 01406 422283 ext. 203, however we often experience a high volume of calls so please be patient when telephoning. The activities coordinators organise calls and video calls Tuesday – Friday between 10am and 3pm, although if you require contact at weekends we will try to accommodate your wishes as best we can.
General Information for Visitors
Please find information below on the correct procedure for putting on and taking off PPE and using handwash/hand rub to properly cleanse the hands
We have ample free parking at the front and rear of the building.