BARNSLEY Hospital wants to remind visitors about the measures in place to help protect staff and patients against coronavirus as the winter months draw in.

Due to the effects of the pandemic, the hospital aims to limit the amount of visitors on site and has already suspended non-essential visiting which came into effect last month.

In response to the second national lockdown, the hospital aims to remind visitors about the new rues in place to help protect patients and staff.

In a statement released on Facebook, the hospital said: “We are always very busy in the winter months.

“Our staff are working incredibly hard to ensure safety across the hospital, so please continue supporting them by following safety rules and limiting your movements in the community as much as possible.

“While we appreciate this is frustrating, we all need to work together as a community to ensure we get through this winter period safely.

“You can help us by only using services like the Emergency Department when necessary and if you have to come, please attend alone. We hope you all keep safe and stay well this winter.”

Under the rules visitors 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

  • For birthing partners in maternity units

  • For birthing partners to accompany mothers to 12 and 20 week ultrasound appointments

  • To provide emotional support for women attending scans during early pregnancy

  • For parents or legal guardians in the children’s unit

  • For long-stay patients and those with dementia