Technology is allowing people to stay in contact with friends and family who are in hospital.
During the COVID-19 pandemic visiting to all hospitals has been suspended, except in end-of-life and other exceptional circumstances.
This has meant many patients and service users have no access to family and friends throughout their stay in hospital. They may also have no access to mobile phones or other devices to enable them to stay in touch with their families and friends virtually.
Some NHS boards have been introducing person-centred Virtual Visiting to assist patients and service users to keep in touch with loved ones. There are different ways in which Virtual Visiting has been happening across Scotland. However, the picture across NHS boards and health and social care partnerships is varied and the extent to which Virtual Visiting has been systematically rolled out across hospitals in NHS Scotland is currently unknown.