Re-introduction of restrictions - Tuesday 6 July
(reviewed 20 September 2021)
Visiting restrictions across our adult inpatient wards have been
reintroduced. County Durham now has one of the highest community
rates of COVID-19. Restricting visiting is not an easy decision,
but we need to act to help protect our patients and our
We very much recognise the many benefits visitors can bring to a
patient's care and wellbeing but we must also maintain our duty of
care to protect our own people and all patients by minimising the
risk of the spread of infection. Weekly consideration is being
given to this position to look at possible, safe re-introduction
and how this would be managed. Current restrictions will remain in
place while community prevalence, hospital admissions &
outbreaks remain high.
We know this is very difficult for loved ones. We do have some
exceptions in place which are listed below. If you have any
concerns then please discuss them with the ward manager.
We have ipads available on our wards so you can visit virtually
with loved ones and you can also send messages and photographs
through our 'Stay in Touch' scheme.
Exceptions to visiting restrictions:
Update: May 2021
We are pleased that from Monday 17th May, we are relaxing
visiting within our maternity services. To help protect you, your
family and our colleagues, we are introducing Lateral Flow Device
testing for women and their partners or support person and asking
them to input results into an app.
There is more information about this testing in the leaflets
available down the right hand side of this page.
You can download the Health Call App to input your results by
accessing this link:
We will also be introducing additional PCR testing.
If you have any concerns or queries please just contact your
*Please note our leaflets are available in different languages
or formats upon request. Please contact your midwife or the Trust's
communications team on firstname.lastname@example.org to make a
'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after
and very impressed.'
Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital