Coronavirus: Visiting restrictions eased at King's Lynn hospital
Visiting restrictions at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital are being eased from today.
Patients will be able to have one visitor for up to an hour a day in pre-booked slots.
Officials say the move, which is also being implemented at Norfolk's other hospitals, is being made in line with new national guidance and follows a fall in infections locally.
Latest figures showed 192 new cases were recorded in West Norfolk in the week to last Friday, April 29, down more than 60 per cent on the previous week. Updated figures are expected to be released later today.
Fifty patients were recorded to have been admitted to the QEH in the latest data for the week to April 24, down 19 on the week before.
QEH chief nurse Alice Webster said today: “Enabling more visits is important for our patients’ physical and emotional recovery so we are pleased to have been able to put plans in place for the reintroduction of limited visiting.
“We will continue monitoring the situation carefully, and ensuring Hands, Face, Space guidance is followed, so that our patients, staff and visitors are all kept safe.”
Visiting arrangements for patients nearing the end of their lives, as well as those with dementia, patients with dementia, learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues, plus children and the maternity unit, will continue.
Visiting slots should be booked in advance via the QEH switchboard on 01553 613613, between 10am and noon each day, or family liaison officers on 07909 994722 or 07909 395415. People are urged to be patient as a high volume of calls are expected.
The hospital says rules requiring visitors to wear facemasks, unless medically exempt, will remain in place, along with the requirement to clean hands on arrival and departure and to maintain social distancing where possible.
Visitors are also urged to take a lateral flow test before they attend the hospital.
The trust also says people attending outpatient appointments will also be able to bring another person for support to all wards and departments, as long as social distancing can be maintained.