Visiting Suspended at UHMBT Hospitals


March 25, 2020

Due to the current risks associated with COVID-19, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) is temporarily suspending visiting for patients in its hospitals with immediate effect.

Sue Smith OBE, Executive Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive (UHMBT), said: “We are extremely sad to have to make the decision to temporarily suspend visiting at our hospitals but it is necessary to keep our staff and patients safe. “We understand that visiting is very important to our patients and their loved ones and as soon as we are able to lift the suspension, we will. In the meantime, we would ask for the public’s help in respecting these rules to help us all stay safe.” Until further notice, visiting is only permitted for:

Patients who are receiving end-of-life care

Birthing partners in the Maternity Units

Parents or legal guardians in the Children’s Wards

Visitors for the above must be agreed with the nurse in charge of the ward before attending the hospital. Please agree one main point of contact per patient and this should be the only person that contacts the ward by telephone to arrange visiting.

The public should not visit any health and care settings if they: are unwell (especially if they have a high temperature or a new, persistent cough); are vulnerable as a result of their medication; have a chronic illness; or are over 70 years of age. If they do feel unwell, they can use the NHS 111 online service for the latest advice and guidance.

The latest guidance is available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public and the online NHS 111 service can be accessed at https://111.nhs.uk/.