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Coronavirus: South Holland residents can no longer visit hospitals in Boston, Lincoln and Grantham

Patient visiting has been suspended in Boston, Lincoln and Grantham hospitals, but hospital chiefs are working on launching FaceTime and Skype so loved ones can stay in touch.

A trust spokesperson said: "United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) is working really hard to prevent the spread of coronavirus and to protect our patients and staff from becoming seriously ill and we really need your help.

"With this in mind, we have made a difficult decision to suspend all visiting to our wards at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincoln County Hospital and Grantham and District Hospital with immediate effect."

Boston's Pilgrim Hospital
Boston's Pilgrim Hospital

The only exceptions to the above are:

* The maternity department will allow one birthing partner to attend

* Parents who do not show the symptoms of infection can visit their children

The spokesperson said: "Any other visits are by exception only and typically will be granted on compassionate grounds agreed in advance with the nurse in charge of the ward.

"If granted, the majority of these visits will be taking place between 6pm and 7pm. No visitors under 16 will be allowed.

"The trust is working on ways for families to use Skype or FaceTime to talk to their relatives and as soon as these arrangements are in place, we will update further.

"Please also note that anyone attending the Emergency Department or for an outpatient appointment is expected to attend alone. Please only bring a maximum of one other person if assistance is required.

"We can appreciate this may be frustrating for the family and friends of patients, but we can assure that it is required at this time. As per usual practice, the ward staff will contact families if the person becomes seriously ill."

So far the trust that manages Spalding's Johnson Community Hospital has not updated its new visitor policy for an hour between 6pm-7pm.

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