Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust Community Hospital Visiting Guidance

6th April 2021

At Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) we understand how important it is to support visiting in a safe and COVID secure way during the COVID 19 pandemic.

To maintain the health, safety and well-being of our patients, communities and staff we have the following measures in place:

  • We ask that patients have only one close family contact visit at a time. Visiting is by appointment only to ensure that we can maintain social distancing on the wards. Please do not make an appointment to visit if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus.
  • In exceptional circumstances where the patient you wish to visit is in their last few days of life, arrangements can be made for more than one person to visit.  These arrangements may vary on each ward.

Common COVID-19 symptoms include: High temperature: you feel hot to touch on your chest and back. If you have access to a thermometer, a reading of 38 degrees Celsius or higher; new persistent cough; muscle ache or tiredness; mild chest pain; dizziness or headache; altered or loss of taste or sense of smell; diarrhoea and vomiting; rashes. You may not have all of these but still feel unwell.

  • Wards can be contacted on the following numbers:
  • Scotter Ward, John Coupland Hospital, Gainsborough – 01427 816542
  • Welland Ward, Johnson Community Hospital, Spalding – 01775 652003
  • Archer Ward, Louth Community Hospital – 01507 631345 or 01507 631311
  • Archer Assessment Unit, Louth Community Hospital – 01522 307703 or  01522 307700
  • Scarbrough Ward, Skegness Hospital – 01754 613503
  • Gloucester Ward, Skegness Hospital – 01754 613502

You will be asked prior to receiving a visiting slot if you have any symptoms of coronavirus. We keep a record of your name and contact details to enable contact tracing if indicated.

 You should bring as few personal belongings as possible with you e.g. bags, handbags, electronic devices, gifts and food for the patient.

  • On arrival to the ward you will be required to sign in with the ward reception. You will be asked if you have any symptoms of coronavirus, if you do have symptoms you will be asked to leave, self-isolate for 10 days and organise a test; other members of your household should also self-isolate for 10 days, as per national guidance.
  • Please remove your outer clothing e.g. jacket, coat on arrival.
  • You will always be asked to wear a surgical face mask when on the ward. These are available on entry along with alcohol sanitiser to sanitise your hands. If you are exempt and unable to wear a mask, please let us know when you make your appointment and we will try where possible to accommodate this in a private visiting area.
  • Alcohol sanitiser is also available in all areas of the ward.
  • When leaving the ward, you will be asked to change your mask and sanitise your hands.
  • If you are unable to visit the ward, we can arrange a virtual appointment, iPads are available on wards for this purpose.