Hospital visiting to remain at level one

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NHS Highland will retain level one restrictions due to staff pressures across Highland and Argyll and Bute council areas.

Pressures within the healthcare system have also been highlighted as a reason why hospital visiting restrictions will remain within tier one.

Under level one of the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 restrictions, it is recommended that family support from at least two visitors is permitted per patient.

Additional visitors are at the discretion of individual management.

Kate Patience-Quate, NHS Highland’s deputy director of nursing, said: ‘We recognise that there will be exceptional circumstances and we will do everything we can to accommodate patients and their loved ones during this time.’

People can still visit or attend an appointment with somebody if they are a birth partner, visiting someone receiving end-of-life care, or accompanying a child.

They may also visit if they are supporting someone with a mental health issue, or dementia or a learning disability or autism.