Care for covid patients

As a profession i am a nurse & i work in a hospital based in north lancashire. Covid had changed everyones lives nothing seems the same any more. Doctors nurses hospitals pharmacies everything is fully jammed packed. it looks like a traffic jam with only red lights. There have been rules which we had to follow since this pandemic took place. If you are a relative or a family member of someone who is in hospital with covid you are classed as a covid contact and must isolate for 14 days to reduce the risk of spreading the disease. You must not come into hospital to try and see your loved one and you must not attend work or any other activities outside of your household. This is extremely difficult but is the most you can do to keep yourself, your loved ones, and members of your local community safe and well. Failing to adhere to the above may result in you becoming unwell and being admitted to hospital yourself.

Family can come to deliver essential personal items such as clothing and toiletries to the hospital for your relative or friend. These should be delivered to the main reception at any hospitals between 9am-5pm. these items will then be delivered to the wards by one of our team. It is also possible to collect personal property in the same way, such as laundry to take home. The ward staff will support your relative or friend to make these arrangements. At every hospitals all nhs staff are extremely busy caring for patients but they know how important it is to keep in touch with you to let you know how your relative is doing. You will receive regular updates on a daily basis but the timing of these may vary depending on how busy the ward is. There is an option for you to video call your loved one if you wish. If your loved one is on a ventilator, they are unconscious and will not be able to communicate with you but a member of staff can still arrange for you to see them on screen. You can help us by assigning one family member to act as the single point of contact for the ward to receive updates and then share them with the rest of your family. This will reduce the need for delivering messages multiple times and will free our staff up to care for your loved one. On occasion it may not be possible to contact relatives because of how busy the ward is. We will always try to make sure this is not the case but you are always welcome to contact the ward if you have not received an update. In any hospital.

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