As of 20 October, each patient in Crosshouse Hospital and Ayr University Hospital has been able to have one designated visitor that can visit daily.
This easing of restrictions applies to all areas of the hospitals, except COVID-19 wards or any ward experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19, where only essential visiting will continue.
All visits must be pre-arranged with the ward in question to allow social distancing measures to be maintained within ward areas. Visits that have not been pre-booked cannot be accommodated.
Guidance on all visiting arrangements can be found on the NHS Ayrshire & Arran website.
Visiting in all other NHS Ayrshire & Arran hospitals remains unchanged and will continue to support two designated visitors. ‘Virtual visiting’ (video calling) is also available on all sites.
Jennifer Wilson, Interim Nurse Director, explains:
“We are looking forward to being able to welcome visitors back into our acute hospitals and know this will have a hugely positive effect on our patients."
Kenneth Gibson MSP added:
“NHS Ayrshire & Arran has been under so much pressure due to the pandemic, pressure which continues Its therefore heartening that restrictions can now be eased safely and people are able to visit their loved ones in hospital.
“Being in hospital is difficult at the best of times and feeling isolated on top that has been challenging for many patients. They will be delighted to receive their visitor every day now, until restrictions are able to be eased further and different people can be received in the future.