Elderly Residential Services Updated Visiting Procedure

Elderly Residential Services have announced that following Public Health advice, it will be moving towards Phase 5 of its COVID-19 De-escalation plan. 

A statement from the GHA follows below:

Alongside Gibraltar’s Director of Public Health, Dr Sohail Bhatti, ERS have been working with the GHA’s Consultant Microbiologist and the GHA COVID-19 Laboratory to create a safe de escalation plan and visiting procedure for all ERS sites. 

In order to continue to safeguard and protect all our Residents, the following measures have been approved: 

  • Visits will be permitted as long as there are no confirmed positive cases in ERS sites.  
  • In line with Public Health recommendations, in the event that a positive COVID-19  case is detected, visiting in that particular site will be suspended until the situation is  resolved. 
  • Visits will be permitted daily from 1pm to 6 pm. 
  • PPE must continue to be worn indoors at all times. Social distancing must be  maintained at all times between different social bubbles.  
  • Visitors must contact their particular Residential floor in order to book their visit in  advance of the allocated visiting times.  
  • Visits will be increased to 2 designated visitors per resident, per day. Only 1 visitor will  be allowed at any given time when the visit is conducted indoors. 
  • More than two visitors will be allowed at the same time when the visit is conducted  outdoors.  
  • Visitors will require a negative Antigen Lateral flow test on the respective ERS site  prior to their visit.  
  • All visitors must provide proof of receipt of one dose of a COVID -19 vaccination in  order to be allowed into any ERS site during visiting times.  
  • There must be a gap of no more than 14 days between the first dose of vaccine and  visit.

 

  • Non-vaccinated visitors will be allowed to see their loved ones in the external  communal areas in the respective site.  
  • Bella Vista Day Centre and the Respite services will return to full capacity. 

Further information can be obtained from ERS Nurse Management by calling 200 70473.