24 March 2020
Visiting Suspended at all wards in Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) has
announced that it is stopping visiting* to all of its wards
effective from Monday 23rd March 2020.
Trust leaders say that the action is a responsible and proactive
measure to take as part of coronavirus (COVID-19) preparedness.
The policy will apply to all inpatient mental health and
learning disabilities wards.
Dr Sarah Constantine, Medical Director at AWP NHS Trust said:
"From Monday 23rd March we will not allow any visitors
to our inpatient wards unless they have been pre-arranged with the
nurse in charge and are in exceptional circumstances*.
"The number one priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of
our patients and staff. We would encourage relatives and friends to
please think of other ways of staying in touch with your loved ones
such as video calls.
"We understand that these restrictions will be difficult for
some patients and their loved ones but I hope everyone understand
why we are taking this precautionary and responsible step."
Julie Kerry, Director of Nursing and Quality at AWP NHS Trust
added: "We appreciate that our patients and their families may find
this decision difficult but I hope that everyone will appreciate we
are not taking this step lightly. We are only doing this because we
want what is best for our patients, families, friends and staff as
well as our wider communities.
"Please contact our wards for further advice and guidance."