Salisbury District Hospital says it has decided to suspend visiting – apart from in particular cases – in order to ‘protect patients and staff’.
In a statement it said today: ‘Due to a continuous and rapid rise in the number of patients being cared for at Salisbury District Hospital that have tested positive for COVID-19, the difficult decision has been made to immediately suspend all visiting except for those receiving end of life care and those patients with special needs.
‘Anyone planning on visiting loved ones at Salisbury Hospital should contact the relevant ward in advance and discuss alternative ways to keep in touch.’
It added: ‘This decision has been made to protect patients and staff and support the safe operating of the hospital.’
Access for partners to support mothers during labour remains unchanged and partners can attend with mothers for some clinics and for limited periods on the post-natal wards.
Judy Dyos, Director of Nursing, said: ‘We currently have 47 in-patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 being cared for at the hospital, this is an increase from 22 a week ago and exceeds the maximum number during the first wave in April.
‘This rate of increase means that the difficult decision has been made to suspend all visiting except for those patients approaching end of life or with special care needs. We are asking that anyone planning to visit a loved one at the hospital to contact the ward in advance and consider alternative methods to stay in touch. All departments at the hospital remain open and we would encourage patients with appointments to attend as planned.’
In a separate statement the hospital announced: ‘Sadly, we can confirm that a further 4 patients who had been cared for at Salisbury District Hospital over the Christmas period have sadly died. Seventy-three patients in total have now passed away.
‘All patients had underlying health conditions and their ages ranged from in their 70s to in their 90s.
‘Our thoughts and condolences are with all the families and loved ones at this very difficult and distressing time.’