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The right to visit people in care homes and hospitals

A new law (statutory instrument) has been passed on the right to visit people in care homes and hospitals. It is due to come into force on 6th April. It applies to care homes, hospitals and hospices and states:

‘(2) Unless there are exceptional circumstances, service users—

(a) whose care or treatment involves an overnight stay or the provision of accommodation in a care home, hospital or hospice, must be facilitated to receive visits at those premises;

(b) who are provided with accommodation in a care home, must not be discouraged from taking visits out of that care home;

(c) who attend a hospital or hospice for the provision of care or treatment which does not involve an overnight stay, must be enabled to be accompanied at those premises by a family member, friend or a person who is otherwise providing support to the service user.’

Download the new law (very brief) here.

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