24 March 2020

Visiting Suspended at all wards in Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

coronavirus

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."

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