With updated advice around reducing the risk of spreading Covid-19 and in order to shield our vulnerable groups NHS Highland has, with immediate effect, suspended all visiting across our health and social care sites.
These are not normal circumstances and it is with great reluctance that NHS Highland takes these steps but they are steps they have to take to protect patients, staff and the wider communities.
There will be exceptions to the rule which include a birth partner during childbirth and if you are accompanying a child in hospital or for patients receiving end of life care.
For these exceptions, there must be agreement in advance from the nurse or midwife in charge of the ward or the care home manager.
Where exceptions have been made visitors will be asked not to visit any other areas in the hospital once their visit is over.
Anyone who is unwell and/or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 – a new, persistent cough and fever or high temperature – should NOT visit any patients in a hospital or care home setting.
NHS Highland appreciates that this is already an anxious time for families / carers and their health and social care staff will keep clear lines of communication open.
These measures will be reviewed regularly and relaxed when it is safe to do so.
NHS Highland thank you for your cooperation and understanding.