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Visiting during the coronavirus pandemic

We would like to share with you the guidance on John’s Campaign for patients with dementia at UHMBT during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The guidance states that in all clinical settings - including, inpatients, outpatients and A&E - family members or carers are allowed onto all Trust sites to support the person with dementia.

Dianne Smith, the Trust’s Dementia Matron, is happy to talk to any members of staff who have queries about John’s Campaign.

The Trust’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) with instructions regarding John’s Campaign can be viewed on this website.

The guidelines for John’s Campaign are as follows:

  • Support from family, friends and carers via John’s Campaign is restricted to one person only.
  • The family member/friend is required to wear a mask at all times. Further PPE may be required so should be discussed with the Nurse in charge.
  • Hand hygiene MUST take place on entry and exit to ward area, and before putting on and after taking off gloves and aprons.
  • Check any patient passport to confirm the carer identification and patient need (in view of current restricted visiting).
  • Issue the family/friend carer with a John’s Campaign lanyard.
  • Ask the family/friend carer if they are being paid to care for the person and check for ID (i.e. social services/private agency) Yes/No – John’s Campaign is for unpaid carers.
  • The carer must sign in and out of the ward using the Ward COVID-19 register, leaving their contact details and the name of the patient they are caring for.
  • The family/friend carer should be made aware of the COVID-19 status of the ward they and be informed of the risks of COVID-19 to themselves.
  • The family/ friend carer should spend their time with the patient they are supporting only and not move around the ward to any other patient areas.

Family, friends or carers must be reminded that they should not visit:

  • If they are COVID-19 positive
  • If they are isolating as a contact of someone who is COVID-19 positive
  • If they have been contacted by Test and Trace to say they are a contact of a COVID-19 positive person.
  • If they have any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If they are shielding due to anticipated surgery.
  • If any local or national lockdown restrictions are in place preventing citizen community movement.

Get further NHS guidance on ‘Dementia Wellbeing in the COVID Pandemic’ on the Trust’s website.

Dianne also urges colleagues to please always use Mental Capacity Act principles. If any colleagues need help or support with the above, please contact Dianne Smith.