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Revised visitor policy during Covid-19

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we temporarily suspended all visits in March to protect our inpatients; their carers, friends and family; and our staff. 
The only exceptions were for those supporting someone with a mental health issue such as dementia, a learning disability or autism, where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed.
Following the lifting of some government restrictions and in line with best clinical practice, we are now resuming visits but in a very limited way and observing strict social distancing guidelines. All visits must be pre-arranged with the ward staff. 
Under the revised policy, visits will be allowed to inpatients whose mental health may be adversely affected by separation. The decision to allow visiting will be made in collaboration between the clinical team and the service user and their family or carer. If a contact visit can go ahead, it will need to comply with the latest government guidance on seeing members of the family outside your own home, which may limit the number of people allowed to make contact at the same time. 
All Trust visitors must wear a face covering to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus and to keep our Trust sites safe.
Contact visits will only be facilitated for inpatients who are restricted by the Mental Health Act and are therefore not able to visit outside of the hospital.  
If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to the relevant clinical team.

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