Manx Care is encouraging patients to think carefully about whether they bring someone with them to outpatient appointments, preferring patients to attend alone unless under exceptional circumstances, so that social distancing can be maintained.
Outpatient departments across Manx Care are asking visitors to observe current guidance for patients to attend outpatient clinics and day case areas alone, following a recent increase of visitors at appointments.
View Noble's Hospital current policy.
Social distancing and mask-wearing have been in place in outpatient areas throughout the pandemic, and a rise in attendees makes social distancing more difficult to implement.
Whilst outpatient and day cases are continuing, visitors are reminded to undertake a lateral flow test 45 minutes to an hour prior to visiting, and to only attend if it is negative.