NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has announced changes to Covid restrictions across all of its sites.

From Monday, May 23 NHSGGC will remove the requirement for social distancing. 

While there will be some buildings or services that will not allow these adjustments, it will be communicated via signage.

Hospital visiting will also be further reinstated across all sites, with a maximum of two interchangeable visitors at one time.

The only exception to this will be for high-risk patients or on wards with an active Covid outbreak.

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The requirement to wear a facemask when moving around public or clinical areas will remain and NHSGGC will continue to strongly recommend that members of the public visiting any of its sites wear a face-covering unless exempt.

Anne MacPherson, director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, said: "We would like to thank all our staff for their ongoing commitment to their colleagues and patients throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

"We hope that these changes will be a positive step to support our staff in their day to day practice.

"Our staff and patient safety remains a priority, which is why although physical distancing will cease, we will continue to ask staff to wear appropriate face coverings while at work.

"Our primary aim is to make sure that all of our staff are well supported during this time of transition and I am pleased that we have also been able to take steps towards enabling more of our staff to work flexibly through our Blended Working Guidance."

Commenting on the changes to visiting restrictions, NHSGGC Deputy Nurse Director, Jennifer Rodgers said: "The decision to move to a person-centred visiting approach wherever possible across all of our hospitals has been taken due to the decline in Covid positive patients being treated across NHSGGC.

"Visits from friends and family are an essential part of the recovery process, so being able to allow greater flexibility for visits will be welcomed by staff and patients alike.

"It is really important to remember that we are still living with Covid in our local communities, which is why we are asking that all visitors continue to wear a face-covering when visiting their loved ones in hospital and if you do have Covid symptoms, please rearrange your visit.

"Our staff and patients are looking forward to welcoming more visitors to our hospitals from next week."

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