Monday 30th May 2022
We are pleased to be able to relax visiting restrictions from 31st May 2022 across Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, as a result to changes to Welsh Government's Covid-19 rules.
To note; exceptions may occur in the areas below. Visitors to link directly with the below wards:
- Mental Health & Learning Disabilities
General visiting guidance
- General Visiting will be between the hours of 8:00am–8:00pm for up to an hour in duration.
- Visitors must not visit if they feel unwell and are experiencing generic symptoms associated with Covid-19.
- Each patient can have a maximum of two visitors.
- Visits will not be possible to areas closed due to an infection outbreak, other than in exceptional circumstances (as outlined below).
- LFD Testing is no longer required in order to visit and neither do visitors have to complete Test, Trace, Protect information.
- Hand hygiene is strongly encouraged on entry to hospital premises and wards as well as on exit.
- Visitors are encouraged to wear face coverings although these are no longer mandated.
Covid Outbreak Wards
Visits to patients who have Covid-19 or who are currently in isolation due to contact with Covid-19 may occur in exceptional circumstances, as agreed with the ward staff.
- Visitors must be aware of the risks of Covid transmission and advised of infection control measures in place including the use of any PPE required during their visit.
- Patients who are in the end phase of life who are diagnosed with Covid may receive visitors during their last hours of life, if permission is sought in advance from the ward staff.
- It is recognised that visitors from the same household as a Covid positive patient are often symptomatic too. In end phase of life situations, visitors from the same household will be required to wear a face covering on arrival at the hospital premises. Visitors must proceed directly to the ward and not visit other patients or areas during this time.
- Visitors with underlying health conditions, or who have previously shielded, should be advised of the risks to themselves to visiting.
Patients attending one of our hospitals for an outpatient appointment may be accompanied by another person.
Visiting ED or an Assessment Department
You may be accompanied by one person at our Emergency Department or Assessment Units, but at busy times, we may ask that the person accompanying you temporarily wait elsewhere if there are space constraints due to demand.
We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during what we know have been extremely difficult times with the Visiting Restrictions. All decisions have been taken in the best interests of the people we care for, the people who work in and visit our facilities, and the community we serve.
Keeping everyone as safe as possible remains our priority