In line with Government guidance Forest Bank will continue to suspend social visits for the duration of the latest National Restrictions. This is to protect the safety and wellbeing of our staff and residents and to help minimise the spread of Covid-19.
The actions we are taking replicate those being implemented within the community but we are pleased to confirm that many elements of our prison regime will be able to continue, thanks to extensive protective measures in place.
As part of these latest restrcitions, we will continue to limit the number of people moving around the prison and only essential workers will continue with their employment duties. This includes peer support workers who will be helping residents who may require additional support during this extended period of social distancing.
Residents will still be able to attend essential medical appointments and transfers/court appearances will still be facilitated at this time.
Staying at home is how we can reduce the number of people needing hospital treatment, so we can help to protect the ability of the NHS to cope with this unprecedented situation and save more lives.
We understand that family contact is very important, so encourage families to keep in contact via letters, email through the ‘Email a prisoner’ service and by telephone. We are also working behind the scenes to get virtual visits implemented as quickly as possible.
We thank you for your ongoing support during this difficult time.