Manx Care has announced the return of face-to-face appointments and the lifting of some visiting restrictions across its health and social care services.

On 31 December, outpatient appointments which were triaged as not being clinically urgent were either cancelled or switched to a virtual appointment, with visiting at hospitals and some social care settings temporarily suspended.

Monday

From Monday, patients should attend their outpatient appointment as normal unless they have been contacted to advise them otherwise. Anyone entering a health and social care setting should continue to take an LFT between 45 minutes to one hour prior to attending, and only attend if their test displays a negative result.

In addition, a fresh fluid-resistant face mask must be worn. A supply of these will be available at the entrance to health and social care settings.

People who wish to visit a friend or relative in hospital or a residential care setting should contact the relevant ward or care home first, to arrange their visit in advance. Some care homes continue to operate their own visiting restrictions.

Teresa Cope, CEO of Manx Care, said: ‘We recognise that the restrictions imposed two weeks ago have been difficult for many of the people impacted by this, as well as their families and loved ones. However, we had to act quickly to put measures in place to protect the most vulnerable people in our care from the increasing community spread of Covid-19, as well as ensure that we could maintain safe staffing levels. We have reviewed this situation regularly, and restored our services and visiting policy as soon as we felt it was safe to do so. We are very grateful for the patience and support that our community has shown in this time.’

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