Visitors need negative Covid test before visiting Johnson Hospital in Pinchbeck
Visitors to the Johnson Hospital will now need to take a lateral flow test and provide proof of a negative result before they can see patients.
Health bosses say the measure is being brought into all of Lincolnshire's four community hospitals to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to vulnerable patients.
Visits to the hospital - in Spalding Road, Pinchbeck - need to be made by appointment only.
Visitors are also limited to one per patient for social distancing and are asked to:
- Wear a new, appropriate face covering on arrival at the hospital. Free face coverings will be available for visitors who do not have one.
- Clean their hands on arrival to the hospital entrance using the hand sanitiser provided.
- Follow all temporary floor markings to safely guide them around the hospital site.
- Follow social distancing guidelines between them and patients, visitors and hospital staff.
Tracy Pilcher, Director of Nursing, Allied Health Professionals and Operations, said: “Having contact with family is very important for our patients who are often elderly. Being able to see loved ones is an essential part of ensuring the wellbeing of patients on our wards.
“We do all we can to continue to allow visiting in our community hospitals while introducing additional precautions by asking visitors to complete a lateral flow test before arriving.
"This is to ensure the safety of our patients and our staff. We must stay cautious and vigilant in the light of rising coronavirus infections.
“Patients and visitors have generally been fantastic at following our guidance throughout the pandemic, and we know that they will appreciate that we do our best to support safe visiting arrangements.”
The Welland Ward at the Johnson Hospital can be contacted via 01775 652003.
Full information and guidance about visiting any of Lincolnshire's community hospitals - as well as contact details for each ward - are published on LCHS website: www.lincolnshirecommunityhealthservices.nhs.uk/visiting