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Visiting restrictions lifted at Merseyside hospital

Restrictions on visiting patients at Arrowe Park Hospital put in place last month have today been lifted.

Since 19 December, tight rules on visiting have been in place at the Wirral hospital due to an outbreak of norovirus.

But after a recent reduction in the number of flu cases, the hospital has decided to relax visiting restrictions.

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Under rules introduced last month, visiting was restricted to between 2pm and 8pm on all wards, normally exceptions apply for certain wards.

Children under the age of 12 were not allowed to visit anyone at the hospital.

Visiting was also restricted to no more than two people per patient at any one time.

People were told to not visit anyone in hospital if they were feeling unwell or have been vomiting, sneezing or had diarrhoea in the last 48 hours.

The restrictions on the amount of people allowed to visit one patient and not attending should you feel unwell are still in place, but visiting hours are back to normal and children of any age can visit patients just like anyone else.

Visitors are advised to keep all unnecessary personal possessions that cannot fit in the hospital's lockers at home to enable staff to clean patient areas effectively.

Hazel Richards, chief nurse at the hospital, said: "We appreciate the help and support from the public in following our visiting restrictions and whilst we have lifted some of these, we would ask for your continued support to protect the health and safety of our patients, staff and visitors to the hospital."