Visiting times suspended until further notice at all Leeds hospitals due to coronavirus

Visiting times have been suspended until further notice at all Leeds hospitals due to the coronavirus.

By Rebecca Marano
Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 7:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 7:22 pm

People will no longer be able to visit sick relatives in hospital during the previously specified visiting hours.

This in in an attempt to ensure the health of patients and NHS staff as they battle against the spread of Covid-19.

In the paediatric and neonatal departments, only one parent or appropriate adult is able to be with their child at any given time.

Visiting times have been suspended until further notice at all Leeds hospitals due to the coronavirus.

No other children will be able to visit the ward.

This new rule is in effect immediately and is in place at Leeds General Infirmary, St James’s University Hospital, Chapel Allerton Hospital, Wharfedale Hospital and Leeds Children’s Hospital.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has acknowledged that this will be "upsetting" and has apologised for any distress caused.

In a statement on their website, the trust said: "Visiting times at Leeds Teaching Hospitals have been suspended with immediate effect as individuals and teams across our hospitals continue to work to protect patients, our communities and staff and limit the spread of COVID-19.

"We understand that this will be upsetting and are sorry for any distress that this may cause.

"However, your health, safety and wellbeing, that of our patients, our communities and individuals and teams across the organisation remains our absolute priority.

"Visiting times are suspended until further notice except in exceptional circumstances, where you will need to contact the ward or department in advance to discuss appropriate arrangements."

It added: "Please find other ways of keeping in touch, like phone and video calls.

"We continue to follow national guidance to ensure that all of our practices are safe and meet the necessary requirements.

"Everyone should follow the expert national guidance on social distancing and self-isolation and stay at home wherever possible, to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), protect the most vulnerable people in our communities and our NHS.

"Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this challenging time.

"We are working on ways to support you to keep in touch with loved ones who are inpatients at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and will keep you updated."

Visitors are still allowed in these exceptional circumstances - please contact the ward:

- If the patient is receiving end-of-life care

- If the patient needs to be accompanied – accompanying visitors should not stay in patient, ward or communal areas

- If they are a birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour

- Visitors are still allowed on paediatrics and neonates wards but only one parent or appropriate adult is able to be with their child at any given time