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2020 Dec 14
Due to a significant increase in coronavirus cases locally, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is introducing new visiting arrangements to help respond to Covid-19 and to further protect our community. We know that it’s important for our patients to see family and friends. We are reluctantly taking these steps to help prevent the spread of infection and ask that the public consider other ways of contacting loved ones such as using personal mobile phones. From Tuesday, 15 December most inpatients will be unable to have visits in person; any existing booked visiting slots are cancelled. The following exceptions will apply:
In the event that a named visitor or anyone living with them develops symptoms of Covid-19, they must not visit the hospital. Instead, they should follow the national guidance on self-isolation and testing. These changes do not affect any of our planned inpatient or outpatient services and patients should still come in for booked tests, appointments and procedures. We know some patients need extra support, but we ask that wherever possible patients attend the hospital alone. While on site everyone should follow social distancing guidelines, including wearing a face covering and using the hand sanitiser provided. We would like to thank patients and visitors for their co-operation and support in respecting these rules and helping us limit the spread of Covid-19.
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