PATIENT visiting has been suspended at both University Hospital, Coventry and The Hospital of St Cross, Rugby from today (Tuesday March 24).
Exceptions include birthing partners and visits to children in Paediatrics or those on compassionate grounds.
In line with national guidance UHCW has requested that individuals and families adhere to this with immediate effect to continue to ensure “the safety of yourselves and loved ones”.
Friends and family are encouraged to keep in touch with patients, who can make free phone calls to landlines from their hospital beds – calls to mobile phones will be charged.
Visits should be agreed with ward managers or the nurse in charge.
A statement for University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust said: “We appreciate your ongoing support during this time.
“These measures are necessary to help us to further protect our patients, staff and visitors from Coronavirus (Covid-19).”
The visiting restrictions were announced following the Prime Minister’s speech at 8.30pm on BBC 1 last night (Monday March 23).
- The official visiting hours for UHCW are normally: Monday – Friday 6.30pm – 8pm; and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am – 8pm. Visiting hours for the Maternity wards run from 9.30am – 9.30pm for one birthing partner only, and 7pm – 8pm each day for friends and family. No children are allowed except the parents’ own.
- Visiting hours for Hoskyn, Mulberry and Oak wards at the Hospital of St Cross are normally daily 2pm – 4pm and 6.30pm – 8pm.