The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

Patients, visitors and staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in King’s Lynn will be required to continue adhering to COVID-19 rules beyond “Freedom Day” on Monday.

Rules around social distancing, hand washing, face coverings and visiting will remain in place at the hospital, as the country reaches the final stage in the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Each inpatient at the hospital is allowed one nominated visitor, who can visit for one hour per day. 

Patients must attend alone to outpatient appointments and emergency department and acute assessment areas. Exceptions apply to visitors accompanying a child or vulnerable patient with learning disabilities, autism or dementia, and patients who are critically ill or receiving end-of-life care.

Visitors who have tested positive or are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 should not visit, to ensure everyone’s safety.

Where relatives are unable to visit in person, the hospital continues to facilitate virtual visits, including via phone, video calls, and messages.

Alice Webster, chief nurse at the QEH, said: “There is optimism as the country approaches its final stage of easing restrictions on July 19, however the pandemic is not over and in line with other hospitals in the region, QEH is taking this next step very carefully. 

“The safety of our patients, their families and our staff is our top priority and we are appealing to visitors to respect our rules. 

“We will continue to regularly review these measures which are in place to protect everybody.”