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Give elderly and vulnerable adults legal rights to have hospital visitors

Submitted by Fiona Lampe on Sunday 1st May 2022

Published on Friday 6th May 2022

Current status: Closed

Closed: Sunday 20th November 2022

Signatures: 507

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Covid ~ Covid restrictions ~ Denying ~ drinking ~ Ensure ~ Friends ~ hospitality ~ National Covid ~ NHS ~ Recovery ~ Saving ~ stuck ~ Tested ~ testing

Petition Action

Give elderly and vulnerable adults legal rights to have hospital visitors

Petition Details

Though national Covid restrictions have been lifted, many hospitals are still denying patients visitors. Elderly and vulnerable adults in hospital often depend on friends and family to advocate for their care, support them, and help with eating/drinking. Give them legal rights to hospital visitors.

Additional Information

Many elderly, vulnerable patients have been stuck in hospitals without visitors, some confused about where they are, becoming demoralised and deteriorating. Visitor bans don't ensure that patients do not catch Covid. Elderly and vulnerable patients can be too unwell to manage or make decisions on their own, and need family or friends’ presence and support. Giving these patients legal rights to visitors (with PPE/testing as needed), could help their care and recovery, saving NHS resources.

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