West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds clarifies changes to visiting arrangements
A hospital has clarified changes made to visiting arrangements - and has urged visitors to take a lateral flow test to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Bosses at West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, said most inpatients will still be able to have one visitor for up to an hour each day, booked in advance, from today.
However, they have clarified that this should be the same, single named visitor for the duration of their inpatient stay.
A spokesman said: "This is to help minimise the number of people coming into our wards, and in turn minimise the chance of any infection spreading.
"We know that people can carry and spread Covid-19 without symptoms, so reducing contact is a key way of keeping cases low.
"Slightly different arrangements apply for maternity and paediatric areas, and our ward staff will continue to have discretion in visiting arrangements for those receiving end of life care or with specific mental health needs."
It encouraged visitors to take a lateral flow test before visiting.
The spokesman added: "This is not compulsory, but it is a great way for our visitors to help protect their loved ones."
The hospital also reminded visitors to frequently wash their hands, wear face masks and maintain social distancing.