University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, which runs Derriford Hospital, reminded the public that although the government rolled back Plan B measures this week, protective measures remain in place at the hospital.
Although the government has rolled back Plan B measures which asked people to work from home where possible and wear masks in a wider range of indoor settings, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust reminds people that measures protection remain in place within the hospital.
Trust staff say that as “Covid-19 rates in Plymouth remain high” – posing a risk to the most at-risk patients – protective measures remain in place to protect the most vulnerable.
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Rules that will endure at Derriford Hospital include sanitizing hands, wearing surgical masks, observing social distancing and the rule of 1 for visitors – and the Trust has also said this applies to all of its sites, including the mass vaccination center at Home Park.
A statement released by the Trust read: “Following the Government’s announcement last week (19 January 2022) that all Plan B measures were to be removed this week, the Trust would like to remind the public that measures to protection will always be in place in our buildings to protect our most vulnerable patients.
“The rate of Covid-19 in Plymouth remains high and poses a high risk to patients with other medical conditions, those who are vulnerable as immunocompromised or undergoing surgery or treatment with us.
“To protect them, we ask that you support us, as you have done for the past two years, by respecting the infection prevention and control measures in place in our buildings.
“As a healthcare facility caring for vulnerable patients, we have a responsibility to keep them as safe as possible and will therefore continue all of our current protective measures in our hospitals and other buildings after January 26, 2022, including including hand sanitizing, wearing surgical masks, adhering to social distancing and our visitation rule 1. This will apply to all of our sites and our vaccination clinic at Home Park.
“If you have a hospital or clinic appointment, please come alone unless there are exceptional circumstances. This helps us reduce attendance and protect our most vulnerable patients.
“Thank you for respecting our rule of 1 for the visit: 1 visitor 1 hour for 1 patient per day
“You must wear a surgical mask in our hospitals, clinics and building unless you are exempt
“Please continue to wash your hands regularly and practice social distancing.”
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