Visiting at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill will be restricted from tomorrow to exceptional cases only amid fears over the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is stopping all visiting to patients - except for exceptional cases, which must be approved in advance by senior ward staff.
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Exceptional cases include patients at the end of their lives and patients with dementia and learning difficulties.
Chief nurse Beverley Geary said: â€œOur duty must be to the patients in our care and we must do everything we can to protect them from the threat of Covid-19.
â€œWe know the vast majority of the public understand that our patients are already vulnerable and catching the virus could have very serious â€“ and indeed deadly â€“ consequences for them.
â€œWe are not introducing this step lightly. We know it distresses relatives and the patients themselves when they canâ€™t have visitors.
â€œBut we must do everything we can to stop the spread of Covid-19 and to address the risk of this specific variant until the world understands more about the danger it poses.
â€œWe thank the public in advance for their understanding and reassure them that restrictions on visiting will be eased as soon as we are sure our patients will be safe.â€
Birthing partners will be able to attend when a woman is in labour, to visit antenatal and postnatal wards and to attend antenatal appointments such as scans.
One parent will be able to visit children in our paediatric wards and both parents as co-care givers on the neonatal intensive care unit.
From Wednesday, December 1, all visitors who are given permission to attend hospital must take a lateral flow test before attending and confirm they have done so when attending the ward.
A lateral flow test should be taken before every such visit.
In response to the Governmentâ€™s tightening of restrictions, face masks must be worn by all staff, visitors and patients on hospital grounds as well as when they enter any hospital building.
All members of the public are urged to stay away from hospital if they are showing any symptoms of Covid-19.
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