Visiting Guidance for Care Settings in Northern Ireland

Earlier in the summer, the Minister for Health announced easing in restrictions to Care Homes, hospitals and other care settings, as Northern Ireland continues to slowly emerge from lock down.

Further to that announcement, the Patient and Client Council and Public Health Agency gathered feedback on how the phased easing of restrictions was working.

The guidance document “Visiting With Care – A Pathway” sets out a phased plan for the safe management of care home residents receiving visitors, as well as residents being able to visit other households, community facilities and take part in excursions.

As of Monday 19th of July, colleagues in the Public Health Agency have now completed their latest formal review of the data available, and have decided that, at this stage, it would not yet be appropriate to move forward to the second full stage – “Gradual Easing”. Therefore, there will be no change to the visiting guidance.

A further review has been scheduled for 16th August, and further to that review, more information will be made available. For more information, see the Department of Health website:

https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/news/latest-review-visiting-arrangements-completed