UK hospital triggers emergency measure as visitors banned over Covid surge

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Northampton General Hospital made the decision today in order to protect the well-being and colleagues as Covid cases surge across the country. The ban on visitors comes into force from today. The hospital said in a series of tweets: “The health, wellbeing and safety of all our people, including patients and colleagues continues to be our top priority.

“We have therefore taken the difficult decision to suspend visiting at the hospital from today, Friday 31 December.

“In these limited circumstances visiting will be possible: Patients who are in the last days of life; patients who are receiving a new significant life changing or life limiting diagnosis; a birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour & in the immediate post-natal period.

“A parent or appropriate adult visiting a child; patients suffering mental health issues, such as dementia, a learning disability or autism, where not having visitors will cause the patient distress; critically ill patients in critical care unit, high dependency areas or A&E.

“We will have virtual visiting facilities in place.

“We apologise for having to take this step as we are fully aware of the impact suspending visiting has on our patients and those close to them.

“Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

According to Government figures, 2,035 cases have been reported in Northampton in the seven days leading to December 25. 

The rate per 100,000 people now stands at 907.3.

Like many areas, this surge in cases has been pushed by a rise in the Omicron variant. 

As of December 21, there are 54 Covid patients in hospital at Northampton General. 

In England overall, there were 2,082 new admissions to hospital across the country on December 28. 

There are currently 11,452 people in hospital with Covid as of December 30. 

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