BARNSLEY Hospital has announced that all non-essential visiting will be suspended following a rise in coronavirus cases in the town.
The new rules came into effect yesterday (October 14) and are hoped to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus.
Until further notice, visiting will only be permitted in the following circumstances:
For patients who are receiving end-of-life care or are terminally ill and in the late stages of their illness.
Barnsley Hospital’s director of nursing, Jackie Murphy, said: “In light of the increased numbers of cases of coronavirus across our region, we feel we have to take action now to protect our patients, staff and local community.
“Suspending non-essential visiting is a difficult decision to make however, given the current situation in our communities, it is the right one if we are to reduce the spread of coronavirus and take care of our most vulnerable patients.
“Our nursing teams know the positive impact seeing and hearing from loved ones can have on a patient so we urge families to make use of our virtual visiting service to stay connected.”
Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus, if you are in shielding, or self-isolating should not visit the hospital.