The visiting policy for Noble’s Hospital and Ramsey District Cottage Hospital will change at 8am tomorrow (Monday July 19).

The gov has said that visiting is being limited as a result of the increased transmission of Covid on the island.

During the current phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, visiting at Noble’s and Ramsey and District Cottage Hospitals will be as outlined below:

  • All visiting must be arranged in advance with the Nurse in charge of the ward prior to coming to the hospital
  • Patients can only receive one visitor at a time, with the duration of visiting lasting less than 15 minutes per visitor
  • All visitors must wear a mask at all times in the hospital. If a visitor is unable to tolerate wearing a face mask, they should communicate with ward or outpatient clinic staff (if possible prior to their visit) so that a risk assessment can be undertaken. Social distancing must be maintained
  • A Visitor Registration Form must be completed for all visitors entering the ward and given to the Ward Clerk or a member of nursing staff for Contact Tracing purposes

Visitors who are sick or showing any symptoms relating to Covid will not be permitted to enter either hospital; this is without exception.

The gov’s website says: ‘Whilst we recognise that friends and family members are a vital support, the utmost care and consideration must be given to the safety of other patients, visitors and staff by maintaining infection prevention and control procedures at all times. However due to the current level of community spread of Covid-19 within the Isle of Man, both Noble’s and Ramsey and District Cottage Hospitals have increased visiting precautions in order to protect vulnerable patients receiving treatment.

‘Thank you for your understanding and co-operation over recent months as we have worked to protect the vulnerable people in our care from potential exposure to COVID–19. We do need to remain vigilant and will continue to consider who can and cannot visit our hospitals as per the attached Visitor Registration form. Religious and spiritual support is available for patients, either face-to-face or by telephone.’

For the list of rules for hospitals and other health and care settings, see here.

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