Visiting Guidance for Care Settings in Northern Ireland
The Minister for Health has announced easing in restrictions to Care Homes, hospitals and other care settings, as Northern Ireland continues to slowly emerge from lock down.
The Patient and Client Council and Public Health Agency have launched a Pulse Check. This is the first Care Home Pulse Check to be tested in Northern Ireland and it is anticipated will be issued to families every four weeks as part of a constant conversation in relation to normalising visiting in care homes. The first phase of the survey began on 4th of June has now been paused for analysis of data gathered so far. Phase 2 will begin on the 28th of June looking at the ‘Gradual Easing’ easement period. Click here for more information.
At the time of the announcement, the Minister for health, Robin Swann said
“Visiting was only ever restricted because it was absolutely necessary to do so to protect patients and residents from the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 virus and subsequent development of Covid-19 infection. Given the progress that has been made against the virus, the time is now right to take steps to carefully re-introduce visiting.”
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- A Phased approach to Enhanced Visiting in Hospice Facilities, Maternity Units and Hospitals
- Final Pathway To Enhanced Visiting (effective 07.05.21)
- Final Visiting With Care A Pathway (effective 07.05.21)
- Chief Nursing Officer’s Letter To Stakeholders 30th April 2021