Hospitals across the region are awaiting the publication of the government's new "Friends and Family tests".
The survey asked patients at every hospital in England whether they would be happy for their own loved ones to be treated there.
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It will stay cold this weekend with further wintry showers at times.
Icy stretches will form tonight as temperatures drop and wintry showers develop later.
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