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Visiting has been stopped at the hospitals around Morecambe Bay because of the growing rate of coronavirus infection in the community.
The suspension applies to the Furness General Hospital, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Westmorland General Hospital and Millom Hospital unless:
- 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.
Lynne Wyre, Deputy Chief Nurse, said: 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."
All exceptions must be confirmed with the ward before the visitor arrives at the hospital.
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