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East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust further relaxes visiting restrictions in Ipswich, Aldeburgh and Felixstowe hospitals



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Restrictions on visitor numbers at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) hospitals are being further relaxed as Covid-19 cases reduce.

This means Ipswich Hospital, Aldeburgh Hospital and Felixstowe Hospital will allow daily visiting slots of up to two hours and the rule currently in place that only three dedicated people can visit a patient will be removed.

While there will still be a rule of two people at a patient's bedside at a time, patients will be able to accept visits from more of their loved ones during their stay.

Ipswich Hospital, part of the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust. Picture: Google
Ipswich Hospital, part of the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust. Picture: Google

Each patient will have one two-hour visiting slot per day, but those with large families can talk to the ward team about whether there are other slots free.

More flexible visiting for carers is also supported, as well as visits by siblings to neonatal units, children’s wards and postnatal wards.

The ESNEFT reminds visitors that anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 or feeling generally unwell should not visit hospitals.

Felixstowe Community Hospital. Picture: Google maps (57140224)
Felixstowe Community Hospital. Picture: Google maps (57140224)

Visits must still be booked in advance and will be staggered to manage numbers of people on wards.

Visiting remains suspended on Covid-19 wards or wards with outbreaks but, in exceptional circumstances such as end of life care, visits can be arranged.

Children are not able to visit general wards, apart from in exceptional or compassionate circumstances and, where possible, children should wear a facemask.

Two parents/carers may visit a child together on our children’s wards and one parent is allowed to stay with a child overnight.

The hospitals asks that visitors:

  • Book their visit in advance with ward teams.
  • Take a rapid lateral flow test (LFT) for COVID-19 on the day of their visit (if they can).
  • Always wear a surgical face mask covering their nose and mouth unless they are medically exempt. If they cannot wear a surgical face mask, visitors should be offered a visor as an alternative.
  • Keep arm’s length distance from staff and other patients during their visit and time on the ward.
  • Wash/sanitise their hands when entering and leaving the ward and buildings.
  • Report to ward reception upon arrival.

For more information, visit the ESNEFT website.