Attributable to Julie Dawes, chief nurse of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
"On Friday we took the hard decision to further restrict visiting at our hospitals for an initial period of two weeks; to be reviewed on 11 February. This is primarily due to the sharp rise in positive inpatients we have seen at our sites over the last 10 days.
“This is not a blanket ban but is a significant change and in effect restores the measures in place this time last year with visiting remaining permitted for patients in receipt of palliative or end of life care. For all others, visiting is limited to exceptional circumstances only, in all cases agreed in advance with the relevant matron.
“All visitors will be required to undertake a lateral flow test prior to visiting our hospitals and are advised that they will be required to wear a surgical mask at all times. It is essential social distancing rules are also followed when on site.”
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