Visiting restrictions will stay in place at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital following an increase in Covid cases.
The hospital currently has 120 patients with Covid and is admitting 10 to 15 new patients a day.
The hospital trust also cancelled its staff awards which had been due to take place yesterday, to reduce risks to patients and staff.
A spokesperson said: “Unlike previous waves, thankfully many of these patients are not requiring intensive care treatment, but this increase has had a knock on impact on our Trust and the normal pressures we face.
“This means in the best interests of our patients, the local community and our staff, to ensure everybody’s safety, we will not be relaxing our visiting restrictions any further at this time – in line with the other Trusts across Norfolk and Waveney.”
The hospital said it offers “a system of compassionate visiting for example those who are receiving end of life care or those with additional needs. Visiting restrictions of this kind were introduced early during the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce the spread of the virus, protecting our patients and staff”.
The hospital is continuing to offer contact for patients and their loved ones via smartphones and tablets, and its family liaison officers are supporting the wards to ensure patient’s families and loved ones are easily able to contact the wards.
You can contact the family liaison officers on 07909 394722 or 07909 395415 seven days a week between 8.15am and 7.45pm.
The spokesperson said the hospital would keep the restrictions under regular review and make changes as soon as it’s safe to do so and thanked patients, the local community and staff for their ongoing support.