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Visiting restrictions in place at Cumbrian hospitals

Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary Credit: ITV Border

Visiting restrictions are in place at Cumbrian hospitals in a bit to combat the spread of winter illnesses.

Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary and the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven have brought controls into force with immediate effect.

NHS bosses say the following restrictions have been introduced due to an increase in the cases of flu and other viral infections:

  • No (visiting) children under 12.
  • Visiting outside of normal visiting hours is strictly prohibited.
  • Only one visitor per patient is permitted in emergency departments.
  • No more than two visitors per patient on wards at any time.
  • Strict handwashing guidance must be followed when visiting wards.

"If you wish to visit a patient in receipt of palliative/ end of life care you may continue to visit as normal but are urged to contact the ward before you travel.

"Given the risk of spreading infection to patients and staff we request that only essential visits be made. We know not being able to visit your loved ones when they are unwell is difficult and we are doing everything we can to allow as much access as possible.

Patient appointments, procedures and surgeries are unaffected and are continuing as normal. Please do not visit any hospital if you have been unwell in the last 48 hours."

– North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust spokesperson