5.15 Visiting

The Scottish Government have produced hospital visiting guidance to support the safe reintroduction of visitors into hospital settings and NHS boards should familiarise themselves with the content to ensure patient, staff and visitor safety.  Visitors must;

 

Table 9: PPE for Visitors

PPE used

Low-risk pathway
(green)

Medium-risk pathway
(amber)

High-risk pathway
(red)

Unit wide AGP Zone

 

Gloves

Not required1

Not required1

 

Not required1

Not required1

Apron or gown

Not required2

Not required2

If within 2 metres of patient

Apron Required

Face mask

Face covering or provide with FRSM if visitor arrives without a face covering

Face covering or provide with FRSM if visitor arrives without a face covering

FRSM

FRSM4

Eye and face protection

Not required3

Not required3

If within 2 metres of patient

Not required3

1 unless providing direct care to the patient which may expose the visitor to blood and/or body fluids i.e toileting.

2 unless providing care to the patient resulting in direct contact with the patient, their environment or blood and/or body fluid exposure i.e toileting, bed bath.

3 Unless providing direct care to the patient and splashing/spraying is anticipated.

4 Patients should not receive visitors whilst undergoing an AGP or during the Post AGP fallow time that follows the procedure.  Where a unit has unit wide airborne precautions in place, visitors may be allowed to enter the room but must be informed that there is a higher degree of risk due to the potential exposure to infectious aerosols.  The following additional mitigation measures should be in place;