Visiting Suspended For Hospitals Around the Morecombe Bay Area
Sep, 21 2020
When we know a loved family member or friend has to spend any duration of time in a hospital we naturally want to visit them to demonstrate how much we care and that we will be there for them long after they are discharged.
Recently however that provision is being taken away. This has impacted on several hospitals most noticeably the medical wards around Morecombe Bay. Why? Because there has been an increase of infection of COVID-19 in the area.
This takes into effect the following four hospitals:-
- Furness General Hospital
- Royal Lancaster Infirmary
- Westmorland General Hospital
- Millom Hospital
Lynne Wyre, Deputy Chief Nurse, released this statement in light of the news,
“We are extremely sad to have to make the decision to temporarily suspend visiting at our hospitals again but given the rise in Covid-19 cases locally, it is necessary to keep our staff and patients safe."
There are, however several exceptions. These range from the following:-
- The patient is receiving end-of-life care.
- The visitor is a birthing partner for a woman in labour or to their 20-week scan
- The visitor is a parent or appropriate adult visiting their child
- The visitor is supporting someone with dementia, a learning disability, autism, or something similar - where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed.
All exceptions must be confirmed with the ward before the visitor arrives at the hospital.
This comes as recent news has surfaced that Lancashire is heading into another full lockdown. For many, this is distressing, for others intolerable.
^Alex Ashworth CCG UK Blogger.