NHS Forth Valley have announced that visiting times will be restricted across its hospitals to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus to patients and staff.

Restrictions will also be put in place on the majority of its impatient wards.

Visiting times will now be from 2pm to 3pm and 7pm until 8pm, with the exception of the Neonatal Unit and Children’s Ward which will continue to have open visiting arrangements but restricted to parents only.

Visiting is being restricted to two visitors at a time in most wards apart from the Maternity Unit where it is restricted to a single visitor unless there are exceptional circumstances

Women undergoing labour will be asked to identify a single birthing partner and children under the age of 12 are not permitted to visit.

Anyone feeling unwell, including those with a persistent cough or high temperature should not visit

In some circumstances, NHS understand it is vital that family and friends will need to be with their loved one and this should be discussed with the senior nurse in charge of the ward.

Prof Angela Wallace, nurse director at NHS Forth Valley, said: “We would urge friends and relatives to only visit patients at our hospitals if the visit is absolutely essential however we recognise, that in some circumstances, it is vital that family and friends will need to be with their loved one and this should be discussed with the senior nurse in charge of the ward.

“We would also like to thank all visitors for their co-operation at this time and reassure patients and their families that stringent measures in place to minimise risks around coronavirus and safety remains our top priority.”

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