Devon hospitals restrict visiting hours and conditions to delay spread of coronavirus

Two Devon hospitals are restricting visiting hours in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Derriford Hospital in Plymouth is restricting the conditions of visiting on its wards in an attempt to delay the spread of coronavirus.

Visiting hours have been cut down on all of its wards, to 2pm - 7pm, and visitors are advised to stay for no longer than an hour.

The changes will also see just one visitor allowed per bed at any one time, and visitors under 16 are being asked to stay away from the hospital entirely.

The action is the first to be taken by major hospitals in the West Country.

It has been followed by the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital - Torbay Hospital is operating as normal.

As part of our continued actions to protect the community regarding COVID-19 and keep the hospital running, we would respectfully request you to consider the changes we have made to members of the public visiting patients in the Trust.

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
Changes include allowing just one visitor to a bed at any one time

Full list of changes to visiting wards at Derriford Hospital:

  • Reduced visiting times from 2pm – 7pm.

  • Visits to last no longer than one hour

  • Children under the age of 16 not to attend the hospital to visit a family member/loved one.

  • One person per bed space at any time

  • Visitors to wash hands for 20 seconds when entering and leaving the wards

Full list of changes at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital:

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