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Stamford Hospital and Peterborough City Hospital brings back visitor restrictions to combat an increase in cases of Covid-19

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Hospitals are bringing back restrictions on visiting to help combat a rise in cases of Covid-19.

From tomorrow (Thursday, November 18) inpatient visitors will not be allowed at Rutland and Stamford Hospital, Peterborough City Hospital and Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

Relatives are encouraged to use the Letters from Loved Ones Service, or speak to ward staff about video calls.

Peterborough City Hospital
Peterborough City Hospital

Chief nurse Jo Bennis said: “Restricting visiting is always a very last resort for us and something that we only look at doing when we know that the safety of our patients and staff is compromised.

“We completely appreciate the upset this decision causes to our patients and their relatives, and we are sorry we’re still in a situation where these measures are necessary.

"It is important to remember however, that we must take all sensible precautions to prevent the spread of this virus. We know all too well how devastating the effects can be, especially to those who are already vulnerable.”

The hospital has several exceptions.

End-of-life patients will be allowed two visitors, one parent or carer will be allowed to accompany a child as an inpatient or at the urgent treatment centre and one carer will be allowed to accompany other patients where required. Visitors to maternity services, newborn intensive care unit and the special care baby unit are not affected.

Peterborough and Cambridgeshire are currently deemed an Enhanced Response Area to Covid-19.

The government, informed by scientific data, such as case- rate growth and local prevalence, provides national support to local areas which need an enhanced response to ensure there is no danger of the NHS facing unsustainable pressure.

Jo added: “We had really hoped we could avoid increasing the visitor restrictions, and had instead wanted to request evidence of a negative lateral flow test from visitors, starting this week.

“On further discussion and in review of the rise in cases within our hospitals, alongside us sitting within an ERA, that wouldn’t be suffice to us ensuring we are doing all we can to help stop the virus being brought in to our patients from visitors.

“We will however, keep a very close eye on the situation and will review it at the same point that the government look at whether Peterborough and Cambridgeshire remain an ERA.”

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