The Return of Visits
I am very pleased to be able to announce the recommencement of Social Visits at HMP Northumberland from Wednesday 22nd July 2020 in line with national guidelines and authority granted to us by HMPPS this past week. Social visits will run with a reduced capacity, allowing us to operate safely and comply with latest public health advice on social distancing measures and regulations around the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) / face coverings.
Social visits will operate Monday to Friday afternoons and can be booked as normal by the resident, however here are the new allocated sessions:
Monday: HB1-4, G/Way and CSU Main.
Tuesday: HB5,7 and 8
Wednesday: HB10-12 CSU VP.
Friday: HB9,16 and 6.
Please note that the residents allocated weekly session will rotate to ensure fair access to all residents i.e. If the allocated visits session is listed as a Monday above, the following week it will move one day to a Tuesday etc. This will be automatically adjusted for the resident to book internally. The resident must book the visit 48 hours prior to your visit so we can then contact you to explain the new Covid 19 visit procedures.
To maximise visits opportunities and to be fair to all, each resident will be allowed one visit per month which will be one hour in duration. The visit can be booked in one of the 2 x 1-hour visits sessions available:
1345 – 1445 hours
1515 – 1615 hours
Residents subject to shielding will allocated a closed visit booth
Please note that there will be no physical contact allowed on visits (including handshakes, handholding, hugs or kisses)
After each 1 hour visit the visitors will be asked to leave the hall.
Who cannot have a visit?
Symptomatic residents under isolation
New residents (within the first 14 days) and those who are returning from external hospital who are required to spend 14 days isolated.
Who can visit?
Visits will only be allowed by people who are symptom free, who have not been asked to self-isolate and who have not recently come into contact with anyone who has symptoms or is self-isolating.
Up to 3 close family members per booking that must be from the same household. Proof of address must be shown on arrival.
All visitors aged over 11 years will be required to wear face coverings on arrival at the visitors centre and throughout the visit.
Unfortunately, there will be no indoor creche / play areas or refreshments available which aids our efforts to further reduce visitor movement in support of social distancing. No property may be brought to the visits hall or handed in by visitors.
We all understand how important social visits are to you and the impact of these having been suspended during the critical Covid-19 period over recent weeks. We acknowledge how the new ways of operating during social visits will feel different and may be difficult to adjust to. Please be patient, courteous and understanding of our new ways of working. Staff at HMP Northumberland will do their very best to try to make the visit experience as enjoyable as it can be.