Visitor restrictions to be lifted from 6th March
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to lift visitor restrictions from tomorrow
Northumbria Healthcare has today announced that partial visitor restrictions in place since mid-December are to be lifted with original visiting times re-instated.
Full details will be available on the trust website from 10:00.
Elaine Henderson, director of nursing, said:
“It’s been another long hard winter but people should be in no doubt that these restrictions – put in place early after lessons learned from 2017/18 – have made a huge difference.
“We know it’s hard to have restrictions on visiting loved ones when they are in hospital and we only implemented them to keep our patients and staff safe. In spite of this, we have had nothing but the greatest support from the public and are hugely grateful for it.”
The only exception to the lifting of restrictions is that the prohibition on children under 12 visiting the trust’s sites will remain in force for the time being.
“For now we have taken the decision to maintain restrictions on children under 12 being visitors at our hospitals. This is due to this age group being both very vulnerable to, and the most likely to carry, infection(s).
“We understand that this can cause difficulties but we must remain mindful that flu is still circulating in the wider community.
“We will keep this under constant review with a view to lifting it as soon as possible.”
Elliot Nichols – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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