Visiting suspended at hospitals in Grimsby and Scunthorpe

New A&E departments in Grimsby and Scunthorpe

Visiting has now been suspended at hospitals in Grimsby and Scunthorpe

In an attempt to curb the further spread of Covid-19, North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust have suspended visits at hospitals in Grimsby and Scunthorpe, excluding in exceptions circumstances. 

Patients receiving end of life care will be allowed visits.

Expectant mothers will be allowed one birthing partner. 

Children will be allowed to have one parent visit them. 

Patients who are well enough are to be given free calls from their bedsides, so that they can still talk to their families. 

The trust has said that out-patients who have hospital appointments should still attend unless they hear otherwise. On this, the trust have said:

“We are reviewing all non-urgent operations, diagnostic tests and appointments in line with the government guidance on Coronavirus. Any urgent, emergency and cancer care procedures will continue to go ahead.

If your appointment/procedure with us is affected then we will contact you directly. If you do not hear from us then please attend as usual. 

Where we can, and where appropriate, we are trying to minimise face to face appointments, and will be carrying out appointments via telephone or video.”

Hospitals across the region have also implemented stricter measures in response to coronavirus.

Ellie Monkhouse, Chief Nurse at North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but we need to do the utmost to protect our patients and staff throughout this pandemic. 

The new government guidance is clear; people need to stay at home and only go out for food, health reasons or essential travel to work. 

We appreciate this will be difficult for people who are worried about their loved ones but it is an essential step we feel we must make.”

At least three positive cases of Covid-19 have now been confirmed in North Lincolnshire and one in North East Lincolnshire.

The total number of confirmed cases across Greater Lincolnshire is now 27.

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