A Staffordshire hospital has restricted the number of visitors amid the COVID-19 outbreaqk.
In a bid to crackdown on the number of people walking through the doors of Queen’s Hospital in Burton, a number of limitations have been put in place.
These restrictions have been implemented by the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.
The trust oversees Queen’s Hospital and the Royal Derby Hospital, as well as three community hospitals, including London Road Community Hospital, in Derby, Sir Robert Peel, in Tamworth, and Samuel Johnson, in Lichfield.
From now, coronavirus restrictions means only one “essential” visitor is allowed to be with patients on wards at the five hospitals.
An essential visitor is defined as birthing partners for those on the maternity ward, carers for children in paediatrics and one person to provide support for those in the emergency department, reports DerbyshireLive.
A message from the trust reads: “We have temporarily changed our visiting arrangements to help respond to coronavirus and protect our staff, visitors and patients.
“We know that it’s important for our patients to see family and friends but please consider if your visit is essential to help prevent the spread of infection.”
It continues: “Those who are unable to make decisions for themselves, in line with the mental capacity act regulations, may be accompanied.
“In some cases, such as where patients are critically ill or nearing the end of their life, we will, of course, do our very best to accommodate your visiting needs.
“If you have any questions about the guidance please speak to the relevant ward manager.”
In Crewe, a patient has died in hospital after contracting coronavirus.
The man – who has not been named – lost his fight for life at Crewe ‘s Leighton Hospital yesterday (Sunday, March 15)
NHS officials say the man had ‘underlying health conditions’.
The announcement has been made by Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Leighton, this afternoon.
Chief Executive James Sumner said: “Sadly, we can confirm that a man who was being cared for at Leighton Hospital, and had tested positive for COVID-19, has died.
“The patient, who died yesterday, was in his 60s and had underlying health conditions.
“His family has been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.”