Sue Smith OBE, Executive Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive (UHMBT), said: “We are extremely sad to have to make the decision to temporarily suspend visiting at our hospitals but it is necessary to keep our staff and patients safe.
“We understand that visiting is very important to our patients and their loved ones and as soon as we are able to lift the suspension, we will. In the meantime, we would ask for the public’s help in respecting these rules to help us all stay safe.”
In a statement on their Facebook page, UHMBT said: "Due to the current risks associated with Covid-19 and to keep our patients safe, we are temporarily suspending visiting at our hospitals with immediate effect.
"Until further notice, visiting is only permitted for: patients who are receiving end-of-life care; birthing partners in the maternity units; parents or legal guardians in the children's wards.
"Visitors for the above must be agreed with the nurse in charge of the ward before attending hospital.
"Please agree one main point of contact per patient and this should be the only person that contacts the ward by telephone to arrange visiting.
"The public should not visit any health and care settings if they: are unwell (especially if they have a high temperature or a new, persistent cough); are vulnerable as a result of their medication; have a chronic illness; or are over 70-years-of age.
"If they do feel unwell, they can use the NHS 111 online service for the latest advice and guidance.
"The latest guidance is available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public and the online NHS 111 service can ba accessed at https://111.nhs.uk."