As of Tuesday 13 July 2021, visiting at all sites run by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) has been suspended for at least two weeks.
The decision has been taken in agreement with other local hospitals as cases of COVID-19 are rising in hospitals and in the community.
Visiting to the Trust's hospital sites continues to be permitted in the following circumstances:
- The patient is receiving end-of-life care
- Pregnant women are allowed to have 1 partner with them throughout induction/labour and whilst attending their 20 week scan
- 1 parent/carer is allowed to stay with their child or baby throughout their time in hospital
- The visitor is supporting someone with dementia, a learning disability, autism, or something where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed. For patients with dementia, John’s campaign is available for one family member/carer to visit and support the patient as needed
To find out more about visiting times on each ward, please ring the ward your loved one is staying in or the main hospital switchboard (01539 732288) to be transferred to the appropriate ward/department.
Things to remember when visiting our hospitals
Outpatients or visitors coming to the hospital will need to wear face masks to reduce the risk of transmitting coronavirus to others. Evidence has shown that those infected with COVID-19 can have very mild or no respiratory symptoms (asymptomatic) and potentially transmit the virus to others without being aware of it.
For some, wearing of a face mask may be difficult, and therefore all other measures must also be considered and introduced e.g. social/physical distancing, timed appointments, being seen immediately and not kept in waiting rooms. Individual risk assessments should be undertaken where required; for example, patients with mental health and learning disabilities.
To stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), you should avoid close contact with anyone you do not live with. This is called social distancing.
Try to stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with (or anyone not in your support bubble).
There are markings and signs throughout our hospital sites to help you.
Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others from illnesses including coronavirus.
wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
wash your hands as soon as you get home
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards