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Onsite visiting suspended

 

Maintaining the health and wellbeing, safety and care of our patients and colleagues has always been our top priority at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, as such we have with immediate effect suspended all but the most essential on-site patient visiting.  Arrangements for birth partners in maternity services  and the parents of children and babies on both the Children’s ward and the Neonatal Unit remain unchanged.

This follows in the footsteps of many other hospitals across the county and is designed to prevent the spread of infection and help us maintain care quality and services.

Jo Fawcus, Chief Operating Officer said: “We have seen a substantial increase in the number of patients who are COVID positive. 

“We know how important visiting is both to our patients and their loved ones and so this clinical decision to suspend all but the most essential on-site patient visiting was tough one to make.  We are continually reviewing the situation and will post updates on our social media channels and our website.

“Thank you for your continued support and understanding through these incredibly challenging times”.

The Trust has free NHS wi-fi throughout our hospitals and has a range of alternative ways to keep in touch with loved ones:

Virtual visiting

Our ward staff and Relatives' Line staff can assist in the setting up of a virtual visit on the ward between the patient relative/friend/carer, promoting face-time contact using a device that we provide.

Dedicated Relatives' Line

Set up to give families quick and direct updates on their loved ones at this difficult time. It is a single point of contact given to relatives or a designated friend when a patient is admitted. It is password protected and the team manning the number will have access to our patient information, so our ward staff have more time to care for their patients.

  • Telephone number: 01484 355370
  • Times: 07:30 – 19:30 seven days per week

Letter to a loved one

A dedicated way for relatives, friends or carers to post a message to their loved one who is currently an in-patient. We will deliver your message in the hope it will brighten their day and aid in their recovery. Send your message via this link.