Latest review of visiting arrangements completed

Date published: 16 July 2021

The latest scheduled review of the updated guidance around visiting in care home settings in Northern Ireland has been completed, with no further relaxations recommended at this time, but a further review has been scheduled to be completed on or just after 16 August, the Department of Health has announced.

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 “Visiting With Care – A Pathway” sets out a staged approach to supporting safe and proportionate increased visiting in care homes.  It was developed with significant input from the Public Health Agency, working with representatives from the statutory sector, representatives from various relatives’ groups and independent healthcare providers.

This guidance has been in force here since 7 May, and includes a commitment to scheduled reviews being undertaken to decide on progress along the pathway back to more normalised visiting. 

Outstanding progress has been made to date, but we need to remain vigilant and maintain the cautious approach that has brought us so far.

The guidance document remains available on the Department of Health’s website.




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