Covid visiting rules for Telford baby unit relaxed

Restrictions on visiting a hospital neonatal unit have been lifted, meaning both parents can attend when they want.

The rules on visits to the neonatal unit at Princess Royal Hospital have been relaxed
The rules on visits to the neonatal unit at Princess Royal Hospital have been relaxed

The relaxation of the rules governing visits to the neonatal unit at the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford, mean two parents, or a parent and named guardian, are able to visit the unit together and have access to the unit at any time, day or night.

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs PRH, suspended visiting to help slow the spread of the virus.

On the neonatal unit, parents or a named carer were allowed to visit, but were required to alternate their visits throughout a 24-hour period, with one hour joint visiting permitted.

That has now changed although grandparents or siblings of the baby being cared for will still not be able to visit at this time.

Hayley Flavell, director of nursing at SaTH, said: “The experience of having a newborn baby who is unwell for any reason can be an incredibly stressful experience, and we want to do all we can to support people in this situation.

“We recognise that parents and carers are an integral part of providing a baby’s care whilst they are being cared for in a neonatal unit and we are pleased that we are able to relax restrictions to allow both parents, or a parent and named guardian, to spend time together with their baby.”

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