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Face-to-face appointments resume at Island's hospitals

Noble's Hospital and Ramsey Cottage to see patients in person again

Face-to-face appointments will resume today (Monday, 17 January) at Noble's Hospital and Ramsey District Cottage Hospital.

Manx Care temporarily switched to virtual outpatient appointments, in December, because of the Island's rise in Covid-19 cases.

Patients are being told to attend their appointments as normal unless they have been contacted to advise them otherwise - they're also asked to take a lateral flow test up to one hour before attending and must wear a mask. 

Patients who are in hospital, or residential care homes, will now also be allowed visitors if they book in advance.

Chief executive Teresa Cope said: “We recognise that the restrictions imposed two weeks ago have been difficult for many of the people impacted by this, as well as their families and loved ones. 

“However we had to act quickly to put measures in place to protect the most vulnerable people in our care from the increasing community spread of Covid-19 as well as ensure that we could maintain safe staffing levels. 

“We have reviewed this situation regularly and restored our services and visiting policy as soon as we felt it was safe to do so. 

“We are very grateful for the patience and support that our community has shown in this time.”

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