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  • Trust ends hospital visiting

    Danielle Thompson

    HOSPITAL visiting has been stopped at Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals to ‘protect patients, staff and the community’ from tomorrow (March 26).

    The decision comes after earlier restrictions imposed on March 18 by the Trust which limited visiting to one hour a day and follows the latest Government Covid-19 advice restricting social contact and unnecessary travel.

    Families and friends of patients are now asked not to visit hospital other than by arrangement. Visits will be permitted in exceptional circumstances on an individual basis which will be agreed with the nurse in charge of the ward.

    Separate arrangements will apply to the following areas:

    • Maternity and women in labour – one birthing partner per patient

    • Child inpatients – one carer per child

    Chief executive Trish Armstrong-Child said: “This is not a decision we have taken lightly but it is in line with the Government’s instructions on Tuesday to minimise social contact during the current situation.

    “Please consider other ways of speaking with your loved ones, such as by phone or video calling.”

    The Trust is also exploring other opportunities to support inpatients and families keep in touch.

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