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Two hospital's serving Haverhill reduce some Covid related visiting restrictions

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A hospital and maternity unit used daily by people in the Haverhill area have lifted some Covid visiting restrictions.

Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals in Cambridge are now reducing some of the visiting restrictions introduced in response to the Covid pandemic.

The Trust said yesterday it feels safe to do so following a cautious approach to infection control and prevention over the last two years.

A mother with her newly delivered baby girl at the Rosie maternity hospital
A mother with her newly delivered baby girl at the Rosie maternity hospital

Mask wearing remains strictly compulsory and visitors should not attend if they have Covid-19 symptoms, or have tested positive for Covid-19 within 10 days.

Addenbrooke’s will allow two visitors at a time for patients in its adult inpatient and critical care wards between 11pm and 8pm, with the exception of meal times. These visits do not have to be booked in advance.

The hospital will support two parents/carers and one child at the bedside in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Lorraine Szeremeta, chief nurse at Addenbrooke's Hospital
Lorraine Szeremeta, chief nurse at Addenbrooke's Hospital

Two adult visitors and one sibling will be allowed at the bedside in children’s services inpatient areas (one resident carer and one visitor with sibling) between 8am and 7pm.

In the Rosie maternity hospital visiting has returned to pre-pandemic restrictions, except where patients are Covid-19 positive, or were in household isolation because of contact with someone who has the infection. One named birthing partner may attend throughout admission.

Additional visiting may be allowed on compassionate grounds, this will be discussed and arranged directly with wards.

Chief nurse, Lorraine Szeremeta, said: “We are delighted to be able to reduce some of these restrictions, which we know will be welcomed by patients and visitors and our own staff.

“We would like to thank people for their understanding over the last two years and remind them that it still compulsory to wear a mask. These are available at every hospital entrance.”

Full details of visiting arrangements can be found HERE