Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust South Wiltshire Rural Governors Update

It is gladdening to hear that things now appear to be stabilising at a very low-level with regard to patients testing positive for COVID-19, and our operational and clinical teams are very busy planning the return of services that were delayed or cancelled last year. However, it will still be quite some time before we get ‘back to normal’.

Changes in Hospital Visiting rules

Limited visiting is now allowed as coronavirus cases reduce, and in line with updated national guidance, with each patient able to have one visitor a day for a maximum of one hour. In most cases these visitors will be limited to one close family contact or someone important to the patient. Visitors will be expected to provide their name and contact details for NHS Test and Trace purposes.

Visits must be booked at least a day in advance with ward staff to avoid overcrowding and we ask that you call between 10.00 and 16.00 so the ward clerk can manage the administration and reduce the impact on clinical staff delivering care. Please note, this is a new booking system which has been introduced to safely manage visitor times – please bear with us whilst we implement this new process. All visitors must wear a face mask or covering at all times and will be expected to follow social distancing and infection prevention and control measures.

In some situations, such as when visiting a patient who has suspected or confirmed COVID-19, specialised personal protective equipment may be required and full guidance will be provided to you by the ward.

You should not visit any area of the hospital if you are unwell, especially with a high temperature or a new, persistent cough.

In some circumstances, such as maternity support where visiting will be longer than an hour, Lateral Flow Testing will be required in line with national guidance but this will be discussed on an individual case by case basis.

Exceptions to the general ‘one visitor only’ rule include the Children’s Ward and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, vulnerable adults and patients nearing the end of life. Please contact the ward directly for further information in these instances.

End of Life Care

Please contact the ward directly before visiting who will do everything possible to support your visit. If you are likely be visiting for more than an hour, lateral flow testing will be required.

Maternity Appointments

Partners can accompany expectant mothers to appointments, but will be required to complete a lateral flow test at home prior to the appointment.

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

Since the Trust was authorised on 1 June 2006 the Membership Elected Governors – from our Public Constituencies, have been working with the Appointed Governors and Trust Staff on many important areas of interest.

Further information about the Trust, it’s workings and your Elected Governors may be obtained from:

The Membership Manager Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive Dept. Salisbury District Hospital Odstock Road Salisbury SP2 8BJ

www.salisbury.nhs.uk

Phone: 01722 336262 ext. 5479