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New Visitation Guidelines for Care Homes in Northern Ireland


New guidance to facilitate increased visitation in all care settings has been published by the Department of Health (DoH).

The updated guidelines will apply in all care home settings, hospitals  and hospices.

The guidance is spread over two documents with bespoke advice provided dependent on the category of care setting involved.  The documents are as follows:

‘A Pathway to Enhanced Visiting’ sets out a new approach to visiting in hospices and hospitals – including maternity and other services.

‘Visiting With Care – A Pathway’ was developed by the Public Health Agency, working with representatives from the statutory sector, representatives from various relatives’ groups and independent healthcare providers. It sets out an agreed new approach to supporting safe and proportionate increased visiting in care homes. This includes updated arrangements for the safe management of care home residents receiving visitors, as well as residents being able to visit other households, community facilities and take part in excursions.

To view the documents in more detail visit: doh-visiting-with-care-a-pathway_0.pdf (health-ni.gov.uk)

The full policy can be accessed on the DoH website:  COVID-19: Visiting in Care Settings in Northern Ireland | Department of Health (health-ni.gov.uk)