As the country prepares for the end of COVID-19 restrictions, we’re reminding patients and visitors that the virus remains a threat and important infection control measure will remain in place at local hospitals.
Even though people with COVID-19 will soon no longer need to isolate, the Trust is stressing that anyone who knows they have the virus must not visit the hospital.
Deepak Dwarakanath, Trust medical director, said: “It’s absolutely critical that anyone who knows they are positive does not step foot in a hospital as a visitor, contractor, delivery driver or staff member.
“COVID-19 is still out there and it remains a threat, particularly to old and vulnerable people.
“All of our hospitals care for people at risk from COVID-19 and we’re asking everyone to help us by doing what they can to prevent outbreaks among our patients.”
Patients with hospital appointments who subsequently test positive are advised to contact the relevant hospital service to discuss their options.
Anyone entering the University Hospital of North Tees, University Hospital of Hartlepool and Peterlee Community Hospital will need to observe our infection control measures by wearing a mask or face covering, observing social distancing and using hand gels.
The Trust recently re-introduced patient visiting, limited to one person per patient on an appointment basis for up to one hour at a time. All visitors must provide evidence of a negative lateral flow test.
Deepak commented: “I’d appeal to everyone to not forget the potentially deadly impact of COVID-19 and to not let good habits slip. Regular and thorough handwashing, social distancing and wearing masks are still the best ways to reduce COVID-19 in the community. Taking a few sensible precautions isn’t a lot to ask.
“We’ve come so far together, let’s make sure we don’t let COVID-19 gain another foothold in the community.”