Updated Advice for Outpatients and Visitors to County's Hospitals

15 June 2020 4:52pm

News from Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP)

  • Local hospital visiting restrictions currently remain in place
  • Hospital patients and attendees required to wear face masks

NHS Hospitals across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have updated their advice for visitors and outpatients, in line with new Government guidance and recent recommendations from the World Health Organisation, in order to keep visitors, patients and staff safe.

Although specific restrictions on visitors to the county’s hospitals are still in place for the time being, anyone who is specifically allowed to visit a patient, due to an exception to the current restrictions, or is attending the hospital as an outpatient from today (Monday, 15 June) will need to wear a face mask during the whole of their visit, in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Commenting on the change of guidance, Zena Young, Executive Director of Quality at NHS Shropshire CCG and NHS Telford and Wrekin CCG comments: "We can all play a role in reducing the spread of coronavirus and keeping our hospitals safe.  So, if you are coming to hospital either as a visitor or for planned treatment, it is important that you wear a face mask at all times. This is for your safety and the safety of other patients and staff.

“All visitors to our local hospitals will be provided with an appropriate face mask to wear, and all visitors will continue to be expected to comply with existing social distancing and hand hygiene measures in addition to the face coverings while in the hospital setting.”

Patients that are currently shielding should also have been provided with a surgical face mask for their hospital appointment, and are requested to continue to use this. If they have not been provided with a surgical face mask prior to attending, they will be provided one on arrival.

Patients who have any specific requirements should speak to a member of staff, the hospital will have a range of communication options to ensure that they can communicate with these patients.

Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin’s NHS hospitals are continually reviewing policies and procedures to make sure they are able to allow visitors to see patients, where it is safe to do.

Anyone wishing to visit a patient in one of Shropshire’s main hospitals in Shrewsbury, Telford or Oswestry, one of the county’s community hospitals in Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Whitchurch or Craven Arms or the Redwoods Centre in Shrewsbury should check with the specific hospital or ward area to find out their current visiting arrangements, prior to arriving.