Suspension of Visiting Times at hospitals

NHS Lothian suspends visiting to help protect patients and staff

NHS Lothian has today (24/03) announced that visiting will be suspended to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and to protect vulnerable patients, as well as staff. This move will come into effect from today.

Professor Alex McMahon, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Healthcare Professionals, NHS Lothian said: “Across NHS Lothian, Scotland and the UK, we are experiencing profound changes in our daily lives as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Now, more than ever, we need to work together. To our patients and their families, I would urge you to help us by respecting this difficult decision.”

Visiting will continue in specific circumstances; for example patients receiving end-of-life care, for inpatients in our children’s services and those accompanying partners during childbirth. Visiting arrangements for these groups should only take place following discussions with senior charge nurses or midwives.

Professor Alex McMahon added: “I understand that not being able to visit family members while they are in hospital may be upsetting and I would like to assure the public that this decision has not been taken lightly.

“All across the UK, people are being urged to stay at home where they can and to limit social interactions, instead using phone and video calls to stay in touch with family and friends.

“The decision to suspend visiting may be unpopular with some patients and their families, but it has been made to help protect the safety of your loved ones and our staff.”

To stay up to date with the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) advice, visit NHS Inform:

A free helpline has been set up for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice. This can be accessed by calling 0800 028 2816. The helpline is open Monday to Friday, 8:00am –10:00pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8:00am – 6:00pm.

We understand that the public may have questions in relation to this. This is why we have prepared some FAQs.

Why can’t I visit?

Social distancing is really important to try and limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Last night new measures were introduced across the UK, urging people to stay at home. We need to ‘shield’ certain people who are at higher risk than others and this includes those who are already unwell.

By suspending visiting, we hope to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) helping to protect your loves ones and our staff. 

Can I get personal items like clothes, nightclothes, toiletries to my loved one?

We understand that having personal items such as clothes and your own toiletries if you are in hospital is really important. If relatives need to bring personal items to their loved ones, they can still do this, but are expected to leave the items with the ward staff and not enter the ward.

If I want to give my loved one a phone or an iPad to communicate with me can I hand this in?

Yes, but like handing in clothes or toiletries you will be expected to leave the items with the ward staff and not enter the ward.

What if my child is in an adult ward, can I visit them?

If your child (up to the age of 18) happens to be in an adult ward, the nurse in charge will be able to advise when to visit and any constraints that may be placed around the visit. We would remind families, that if they have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) such as a high temperature and/or a new persistent cough, they should remain at home.

My partner is due to give birth, will I still be able to attend?

At present, birthing partners are permitted to attend, however we ask that this is limited to just one person. The midwife in charge will be able to advise of any restraints that may be placed around the visit. We would remind birthing partners, that if they have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) such as a high temperature and/or a new persistent cough, they should remain at home.



Sandy Baptie,

Emergency Planning, Risk and Resilience Manager.

Update on Morham Resilience

Firstly, a big thank you to all those who have offered support. We have a great, supportive, community and things are moving quickly so the main thing is that we are connected.  So, to update on where and how to access information and assistance.

General Morham-specific information:
The main information channel for Morham residents will be ‘Morham – We Live Here‘  Facebook group. This is only for residents and will be used for Morham-specific information.
We will not be replacing national advice channels so please continue to refer to Scottish Government, NHS and East Lothian Council for updated information (see below for links).
If you are not happy to be on Facebook, please contact us through the contact form below to make us aware that you are not able to access this loop.

Requests / Offers for specific Assistance:
The assist/risk register is our central record of residents who have opted in to help out or would like us to know they may need extra support. This list is protected and confidential within the Resilience Group, and all data held according to the Data Privacy Policy of Morham Village Hall. We will use this register to create links in response to requests for assistance.

We have contacted a volunteer from this register in many of our housing clusters to ask them to be a point of contact in case our movements are made more limited. Please let us know if you are able to help with this, we are not yet 100% coverage.

Examples of Morham Specific Services you will see on the Facebook group:
– The owner of Lanterne Rouge is a resident and is offering delivery of evening meal from the cafe to those stuck at home as he heads home.

– Johnson’s Fruit and Veg van will visit the car park behind Mainshill Steading on Tuesday at 11am. If you are not currently leaving the house, please let us know as they can make up boxes for doorstep drops.

Obviously things are changing rapidly so please join the group for most up to date information.

Useful sources of information

Morham Village Hall Enquiry Form:

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Please complete the form and then click the Send button:

Some Coronavirus updates from the Garvald Community Group

22nd March 2020

I’m sure you are all doing this but:
Assistant Director of Nursing at QE hospital has said they’ve had a message today that the virus seems to be spreading quickly via petrol pumps so they advise you to wear gloves when filling up or use paper towel and bin it straight away. Can you please pass this around anyone you know. Could make a huge difference.
Also keep what you buy to under £30 so you can buy stuff contactless.

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Church Services in Garvald and Morham

As you have probably gathered from the news ,there will be no church services in Garvald or Morham for the next few weeks.

However both churches remain open every day and you are more than welcome to visit, enjoy the peace, say a prayer, do some piano practice (or any musical instrument) and appreciate the daffodils.

Friday 20/03/2020: Changes to Bin Collection – East Lothian Council

WASTE and recycling collections across East Lothian will be suspended or reduced from Monday until further notice.

This is due to staff shortages as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Green and blue recycling boxes will still be emptied on their usual day but, rather than both being emptied at the same time, the green box will be emptied on the first fortnight and the blue box the second fortnight.
There will be no more brown bin collections as these have been suspended until further notice.

Food waste and green bins for non-recyclable waste will still be collected as usual but the council urge that containers are placed out on the morning of collection by 7am.
Where staffing allows, the council will try and honour any special uplift collections that have been booked.
If items have not been collected by 3pm on the booked day, take them off the kerbside and contact the council to arrange an alternative date.
Recycling centres are still open as normal and limits on vans and trailers remain in place; however, some centres may close at short notice.