NHS Norfolk and Waveney suspend hospital visits amidst rising coronavirus rates
The NHS in Norfolk and Waveney has announced that visiting on inpatient wards has been suspended for two weeks amid rising Covid-19 infection levels.
The restrictions will take effect at all local hospitals and trusts with inpatient wards, with the exception of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s acute mental health wards, until Wednesday, November 17.
There will be a number of exceptions for patients receiving end-of-life care, maternity services, children, patients with mental health issues, such as dementia, a learning disability or autism.
People are urged to check their local hospital website for further information and to discuss individual cases with the teams in charge of these wards.
The decision to suspend visiting on inpatient wards has been taken following rising infection rates in the community. It is hoped the measures will reduce the transmission of the virus into local hospitals from visitors and help protect both patients and staff.
Some trusts have had visiting restrictions in place for some time, but, with cases of Covid-19 rising in the community, a decision has been made to introduce visiting restrictions at a system level.
Cath Byford, chief nurse at NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group said: “With Covid-19 cases rising in the community, we have taken this difficult decision to once again postpone routine hospital visiting.
“Our hospitals in Norfolk and Waveney are currently very busy and we need to protect our staff and patients.
“This is not a decision that has been made lightly and we recognise that this may cause distress for patients and their families.”