Manx Care is reintroducing social distancing and mask-wearing with immediate effect.
Manx Care is increasing its preventative measures to ensure that service provision can be maintained, as the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise within the community.
Social distancing, along with the wearing of IIR fluid-resistant surgical facemasks, is being reintroduced with immediate effect at Noble’s Hospital, Manannan Court and Ramsey District and Cottage Hospital.
Facemasks must be worn throughout these locations from entry into the building until exiting the building. Facemasks must still be worn in all patient-facing Wards and Departments on entry. This includes Ward and Department corridors and offices.
Social distancing must be observed in all clinical and non-clinical areas. Posters will be displayed at all sites.
Also effective immediately:
- All visitors must have a negative LFD test 45 minutes to an hour before visiting
- To minimise congestion in all areas, Manx Care advises that patients can only receive one visitor around a bed at any one time, although additional visitors may be accommodated at the discretion of the Nurse in Charge
- All visitors must wear a IIR fluid resistant face mask supplied by Manx Care at all times in the hospital. Visitors will not be permitted to wear their own mask
- 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
- Visitors must maintain social distancing in all clinical and non-clinical areas
Chief Executive, Teresa Cope added: ‘While it is disappointing to re-implement this policy we need to ensure both staff and patients’ needs are at the centre of our care.’