Gainsborough hospital suspends visiting arrangements in light of coronavirus pressures

In line with national guidance to prevent the spread of covid-19 and protect our patients, staff and visitors, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) has suspended visiting arrangements with immediate effect at four local hospitals.
Tracy Pilcher of Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.Tracy Pilcher of Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.
Tracy Pilcher of Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.

The public are asked not to visit County Hospital in Louth, Skegness Hospital, John Coupland Hospital in Gainsborough, and Johnson Community Hospital in Spalding until further notice.

There are some patient groups for whom exceptions may be made, but the trust is asking most people to consider alternative ways of keeping in touch with those in hospital such as phone calls or online messaging.

LCHS director of nursing Tracy Pilcher said: “We understand this may be frustrating for family, friends and patients themselves, but due to the scale and spread of the disease and in line with recent government advice on staying at home, this is necessary for the time being.

“Staff on the wards will maintain contact with families by phone to discuss any changes to the patient’s condition and their care plans.”

She added: “Thank you for your support and cooperation and for helping us limit the spread of coronavirus covid-19.”

The trust is also asking people not to visit GP surgeries or pharmacies unless it is essential, and to use phone or online services wherever possible.

GP surgeries offer the option to order repeat prescriptions or book appointments online, and some now even offer video call consultations.

For non-coronavirus health issues, information is available via the NHS website. For life-threatening emergencies, always call 999.

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