As Covid-19 numbers in the community have dropped, OUH will be reintroducing the ‘Rule of One’ – meaning inpatients can have one visitor, for one hour, per day, with visitors booked in by the ward staff.
Some patients will have different arrangements, such as maternity patients, child patients, patients at the end of their life, and patients with learning difficulties.
Visiting is still not allowed in emergency departments, emergency assessment units, and outpatient departments unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Sam Foster, chief nursing officer at the trust, said: “We are really pleased to welcome visitors back to our hospitals. Their support and input is incredibly valuable to both our patients and our staff.
“We have worked closely with our colleagues to make sure we can reintroduce visiting safely, in a controlled manner. It is still as important as ever that our visitor follow rules around hand hygiene, wearing a face mask, and social distancing when in our hospitals. These are the best ways to keep us all safe, and ensure that controlled visiting can remain in place.
“As always, we will keep this under review over the coming weeks and would like to thank everyone for their continued patience and understanding.”
The ‘Keep in Touch’ service is also available for those who cannot visit their loved ones – please see our news story for more information.