From Wednesday 27 October visiting will be suspended for the next three weeks at Ipswich and West Suffolk hospitals, including at all community hospitals in east and west Suffolk
This is due to the high number of COVID-19 infections in the community, in Ipswich in particular, and the increasing number of patients with COVID-19 in both Ipswich and West Suffolk hospitals. We need to do all we can to keep our patients safe and one of the ways we can do this is to reduce footfall on our sites.
At ESNEFT, the changes will apply at Ipswich Hospital, Felixstowe Hospital, Aldeburgh Hospital and Bluebird Lodge in Ipswich.
From Wednesday 27 October:
- Visiting will be suspended in east Suffolk at Ipswich, Felixstowe and Aldeburgh hospitals and Bluebird Lodge in Ipswich
- However, visiting for end-of-life care, those in formal caring roles, parents of children and maternity will continue – there will be no changes in these areas
- Volunteers will be unable to visit general wards, but can continue to offer their support in end-of-life care and maternity
Pre-booked visits will be supported for the remainder of today and tomorrow – the suspension will then come into effect on Wednesday.
The situation will be reviewed in two weeks, in line with hospital admissions and community COVID-19 infection rates. A decision will then be made about whether to continue for the full three-week period or to return to a restricted visiting policy.
The situation in north east Essex is being kept under close review.
For now, the Trust’s restricted visiting policy will continue at Colchester Hospital, Clacton Hospital and Fryatt Hospital, in Harwich. One named visitor is welcome to pre-book a visiting slot to see a patient for one hour a day after they have been in hospital for 24 hours.
If you have any questions or concerns about this please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.