Wigan's hospital trust suspends visiting until further notice
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On its website, WWL (Wrighton, Wigan and Leigh) NHS Foundation Trust said that the only exceptions would be for one immediate family member of carer to visit a patient receiving end-of-life care, to visit a partner in labour as a birthing partner, or to visit a child as a parent or appropriate adult.
A WWL statement said: "We understand that this will be upsetting and are very sorry for any distress that this may cause. However, your health, safety and wellbeing, and that of our patients, communities, individuals, and teams across the organisation remain our absolute priority.
"Please find other ways of keeping in touch with your loved ones in hospital, like phone and video calls."
They added: "Everyone should follow the expert national guidance on social distancing and self-isolation, staying at home wherever possible, to help limit the spread of coronavirus, protect the most vulnerable people in our communities and our NHS.
"Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this challenging time".
Appropriate visiting arrangements can be discussed with the relevant ward or department. More information can be found at wwl.nhs.ukA message from the Editorial Director, Gillian Parkinson:
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