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Hospitals across South West ban visitors

Photo credit: North Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Various hospitals across our region have suspended visiting with immediate effect, due to concerns around the spread of coronavirus.

Yesterday (25/03), Southmead Hospital in Bristol introduced a ban - this is the city's biggest hospital.

It says the new rules respect social distancing instructions, introduced by the government on Monday.

However, North Bristol NHS Trust - which oversees Southmead - says "exceptions can be made on compassionate grounds, including vulnerable patients with dementia or learning disabilities, patients receiving end-of-life care, neonatal and labour wards".

The University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust - currently running several institutions across the city, including the Bristol Royal Infirmary - has also made its announcement on restrictions this morning, as has Weston General Hospital in Weston-super-Mare.

The changes follow Bath's Royal United Hospital, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust imposing similar measures in recent days.

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