Latest update: 15 July
Update for families and friends, limit on named visitors to be lifted whilst PPE, testing and pre-booking visits to continue after 19 July.
As you may be aware, on Monday, the Prime Minister confirmed that the relaxation of most COVID-19 restrictions will go ahead on 19 July. He also announced that residents would no longer have to limit themselves to five named visitors from that date.
The government has also confirmed that current infection control measures will continue to operate in many health and social care settings. This means that the wearing of PPE, demonstrating evidence of negative COVID-19 tests results, and managing visits to designated visiting locations within care homes through pre-booked visits will continue within OSJCT homes.
We await formal guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care, and we will update you once this has been published and we have informed our homes and amended our protocols.
As always, we recognise the emotional, physical, and social benefits for our residents of contact with their loved ones, but we must balance this against the risk of virus transmission, especially at this time of rising infection rates.
Relaxing restrictions is welcome news for us all, but we are mindful to introduce these changes safely and fairly for all our residents and families.
The vast majority of the visiting experiences have been welcomed and supportive to our residents, employees, and family members however we have had a small minority of cases where our employees have not been treated with the respect they deserve especially at such a busy and challenging time.
We would like to politely remind all visitors of the importance to treat our employees and others with respect when visiting our homes/sites. We all work for the same outcome: the safety and good health of our residents and your loved ones.
All residents, employees and visitors have the right to be treated with respect and to feel safe and we have therefore introduced a Visitor Charter which can be found here.