Hospital and care home visiting will resume on Monday, as Manx Care responds to the limited number of new cases in the past few days.
Restrictions were placed on visiting last week, following a small number of unexplained cases of COVID-19.
Measures at the emergency department at Noble’s Hospital will still stay in place, with no visitors being permitted, and one parent escorting a child for the duration of their stay.
GP practices, dental practices providing NHS services and optician practices will continue to implement social distancing and the wearing of masks by patients and staff. Patients will be offered remote appointments on the phone or by video link where appropriate, with face to face consultation provided where clinically necessary.
From Monday morning:
- Visiting at Noble’s Hospital, Ramsey Cottage Hospital and Manannan Court will resume with patients able to nominate two people to attend during visiting times. The nominated two will be the only ones allowed to visit for this time. All visitors will be required to wear a medical grade face covering at all times and will need to fill in the visitor registration form for any contact tracing purposes.
- Learning Disability Day Services and visiting within Learning Disability Community Houses will recommence with all visitors being required to wear a medical grade face covering.
- Visiting at Older Persons Day Services and Residential Care Homes will resume with individuals nominating two people who will be allowed to visit during this period. All visitors will be required to wear a medical grade face covering at all times and will need to fill in the visitor registration form for any contact tracing purposes.
Individuals entering any Manx Care health or care facility for any appointment will be required to wear a medical grade face covering which will be provided on entry to the facility, and all visitors are asked to use the hand sanitiser on entry and whenever there is an opportunity to gel hands.
Manx Care CEO Teresa Cope said: ‘It’s great that we’re able to slightly reduce the precautionary measures that we have in place, and that people are able to visit loved ones in the hospital, care homes and residential settings. The measures that we are still implementing are proportionate to the current situation and designed to protect all of our patients and service users within our care, as well as our staff. It is important that everyone follows these rules, and please do not attend any health and care facility if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. We want to ensure that we are able to continue providing a level of care across all services, and will continue to review the situation regularly, and retain or remove these precautions as the situation becomes clearer.’