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Visiting suspended for at least 2 weeks in these Lancashire hospitals as Covid cases rise

Visiting at all sites run by a Lancashire hospital trust has been suspended for at least two weeks.

Sites run by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) has been suspended for at least two weeks following a rise in Covid cases.

A statement on the Trust’s website said the decision had been taken in agreement with other local hospitals as cases of Covid-19 are rising in hospitals and in the community.

Sue Smith, OBE, Executive Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive of UHMBT, said: “We know that visiting is extremely important for the recovery of patients, but we have to keep our patients and colleagues’ safety paramount.

“In agreement with other local hospitals, we regret the need to suspend the visiting arrangements we have in place for at least two weeks as we are seeing cases in our hospitals and the community rise.

“Visiting will still be allowed for children, for patients being treated under John’s Campaign (for patients with dementia) or those patients receiving end of life care. Our wards will liaise with patients’ loved ones directly.

“Thank you for your understanding.”