Hospital temporarily closes-off to most visitors

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TEMPORARY restrictions of visitors to the General Hospital are being introduced after several inpatients tested positive for Covid-19.

The restrictions – which begin tomorrow and will be reviewed after one week – apply to all adult wards in the General Hospital and mental health wards based at St Saviour.

The change comes after several inpatients in the Hospital tested positive for Covid-19 after a very small number of visitors came in with symptoms.

Exceptions will be in place regarding visits for people receiving end of life care, as well as maternity, SCBU and other special circumstances. Islanders who feel they have special circumstances can call the ward their loved one is on and speak to the ward manager.

Adult patients attending the Emergency Department will need to do so alone, and children will only be able to have one adult attending with them.

The government has also said hospital staff have, in some cases, been subjected to verbal abuse by ‘a small number of visitors’ who have not complied with the measures put in place.

Health Minister Richard Renouf said: ‘The hospital has been delivering excellent care with minimal disruption. We need to ensure this effective running can continue. I and my colleagues on the Council of Ministers condemn the conduct of people who endanger the safety of hospital patients and staff.

‘We recognise the benefits to health and wellbeing that come from receiving visitors during hospital treatment and we deeply regret the need to announce further restrictions. We will seek to reinstate normal visiting arrangements as soon as it is safe to do so.’

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