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Small, safe changes to our visitor policy

Small, safe changes to our visitor policy
06 December 2021

Protecting our patients and those who care for them is our top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has meant that visiting restrictions have been in place, with some exemptions such as for birth partners, those with additional needs such as dementia and people receiving end of life care.

However, effective from Monday 6 December 2021, our visitor policy is changing and patients on certain wards that have been in hospital for over 7 days, will be permitted one designated visitor for a pre-booked hour each day between 10am and 8pm.

Visiting must be pre-booked with the following wards directly, using the numbers below and the Isle of Wight prefix: 01983.

Compton 534055
Luccombe 534717
St Helens 534701
Stroke Unit 534311

Juliet Pearce, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions said: "Keeping our patients safe is our top priority and our visiting restrictions have been important in ensuring those receiving hospital treatment are not put at risk.

“After careful consideration, for our less vulnerable patients who have been in our care for over a week, we know seeing a loved one will be a boost that could support their recovery.

"Our visitor policy is under regular review and we look forward to welcoming more visitors as the NHS continues to deliver its biggest ever vaccination programme."

For full details of our visitor policy visit: www.iow.nhs.uk/visiting

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