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Northumbria Healthcare removes visitor restrictions

Monday, 19 February, 2018
Northumbria Healthcare removes visitor restrictions

Restrictions in place since 18th December are to be removed on Tuesday 20th February and normal rules reinstated

Visitor restrictions imposed as a result of flu and norovirus are set to be lifted at 09:00 on Tuesday 20th February with visiting returning to its previous timings.

Details of all visiting times and conditions for our sites can be found here.

In force across all inpatient wards across the trust – with affected wards closed entirely to visitors – the restrictions played a vital role in the trust being able to maintain a high level of service in tough winter conditions; and in preventing more patients becoming sick.

Today (Monday 19th February) visitor restrictions will remain in place for unaffected wards – visiting will be permitted for one hour from 14:00 to 15:00, and limited to two visitors per bed. For more information click here.

Dr Jeremy Rushmer, executive medical director at the trust said:

“We know that these restrictions have been hard on families who quite understandably want to visit relatives if they are sick and in hospital but they really have been vital to the health of our patients and staff – as well as to the relatives themselves.

“It’s no secret that we’ve been under enormous pressure this winter and have been hit hard – concurrently – by both flu and norovirus. I would like to place on record my thanks to all our staff who have gone above and beyond so often it is impossible to count.

“Equally, the support and understanding we have received from the community has been fantastic and a real support to us all – we wouldn’t be where we are without it.”

The trust cautioned that winter isn’t over, with significant pressures remaining and that it is possible that some restrictions could be re-imposed if patient safety required it.

Dr David Tate, consultant microbiologist and director of infection prevention and control at the trust, said:

“No one is happier than I am that we can remove these restrictions. We imposed them due to genuine concerns caused by the sheer volume of flu and norovirus that was being brought into our hospitals and now able to relax them.

“We’ve kept them under constant review and re-assessed them daily – something which won’t change.”


Media contact:

Elliot Nichols – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

0191 203 1512 / 07966 490736