Hospital visitors back following Covid-19 lockdown

The West Suffolk hospital is allowing a phased return of visitors to return to non-Covid wards. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Most of the wards at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds will be open to visitors once again from Monday.

The West Suffolk Foundation Trust (WSFT) closed its doors to the general public on 25 March after the introduction of the lockdown. 

The West Suffolk hospital had to stop visitors back in March Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Trust started allowing visitors into one ward last week as part of a trial.

Now it's being rolled out to more Non-Covid wards.  Patients though will only be allowed one visitor per day and for one hour.

Patients will only be allowed one visitor a day. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Chief Nurse at the West Suffolk Hospital, Sue Wilkinson said: "Safety has always been our paramount concern and we had to make sure we didn't rush the reintroduction of visiting arrangements.

"That is why we decided to allow visits to G8 only on a trial basis. Fortunately everything has worked out and the arrangements can now be rolled out."

It has been incredibly difficult for patients, their loved ones and our staff since the lockdown was introduced.

Chief Nurse, Sue Wilkinson

Patients in the following non-COVID inpatient wards will be allowed one visitor per day for an hour - F3, F4, F5, F6, F8, F9, F10, F14, G1, G3, G5, G7 and G8.

Visitors will also be permitted to see patients on Rosemary Ward at Newmarket Community Hospital and the Kings Suite at Glastonbury Court on the same basis.