Hospital visitors allowed back at Norfolk & Norwich but with restrictions

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Visitors will be allowed to return to see patients at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

Patients at Norfolk & Norwich will be able to see family as visitors as the hospital eases lockdown restrictions.

From Monday 13 July one named family member or carer will be able to visit once a day for an hour.

There are three time slots - morning, afternoon or evening - and an appointment must be made 24 hours in advance of the visit.

Visiting is still strictly limited for patients who are unwell with Covid-19 and those patients having planned surgery where they have self-isolated for 14 days in order to avoid the virus before their treatment starts.

The Norfolk & Norwich Hospital will allow one family member to visit a patient if they book in advance. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Visiting was suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic with a few exceptions for children and patients reaching the end of life, those with dementia, learning disabilities or other mental health conditions. A birthing partner is also allowed to attend with pregnant patients.

Professor Nancy Fontaine, Chief Nurse and Director of Infection Prevention and Control, said: “We must remain vigilant, whilst local infections are low, every precaution must be taken to protect our patients and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

"Maintaining high standards of environmental cleanliness and scrupulous hand washing are paramount in preventing the spread of this potentially deadly virus.”The hospital says there are other ways to keep in touch with patients without visiting the building, such as the Virtual Visiting service or patients can use their own phones and ipads, plus the ‘Messages for Loved Ones’ service at the hospital.

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