Each week Dr Jim Gardner, the medical director at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, gives a update on the latest coronavirus figures on the Fylde Coast.
Visiting hospitals on the Fylde Coast
People infected with COVID-19 can have very mild or no respiratory symptoms (asymptomatic) and can transmit the virus to others without being aware of it.
In line with recent recommendations from the World Health Organisation, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has introduced measures to keep visitors, patients, and staff safe.
You must now wear a face covering when you come to hospital as a visitor or outpatient and visiting at hospitals across the Fylde Coast remains temporarily suspended.
In exceptional circumstances, one visitor (an immediate family member or carer) is permitted to visit if:
- The patient is receiving end-of-life care.
- The visitor is a birthing partner accompanying someone in labour.
- The visitor is a parent or appropriate adult visiting their child.
- The visitor is supporting someone with dementia, a learning disability, autism, or something similar – where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed.
Visitors for the above must be agreed with the nurse in charge of the ward before attending the hospital.
Find out more about about wearing face coverings at hospitals across the Fylde Coast here www.bfwh.nhs.uk/the-use-of-face-coverings-when-coming-to-our-sites.
Find out more about the latest visitor guidance here www.bfwh.nhs.uk/coronavirus-information/updated-visitor-guidance.
More advice for patients using Trust services can be found here www.bfwh.nhs.uk/coronavirus-information.
Kevin McGee is the chief executive of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
You can find all the latest Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust news and information on its website.