North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust hospitals only eased visiting restrictions on August 6, one week ago, but Covid-19 cases have begun to rise more dramatically in Peterborough.
A spokesperson for the trust, which runs Peterborough City and Hinchingbrooke hospitals, said: “Due to a concerning increase in cases of coronavirus in our local communities, as well as a low vaccination rate in our region, we have made the difficult decision to restrict visiting again, effective from Saturday August 14.”
This means that there will be no visiting permitted except in the following circumstances:
- End of life patients – two people will be allowed to visit for patients receiving end of life care
- One parent/ carer per child – this is for children as inpatients as well as those attending for outpatient appointments or coming to the UTC or emergency department
- One carer is permitted for any patient requiring a carer who is an inpatient as well as those attending for outpatient appointments or coming to the UTC or emergency department
- Maternity services are not included within these restrictions.
Dr Kanchan Rege, chief medical officer, added: "We fully appreciate that not being able to visit a relative or friend is incredibly difficult and we are sorry we’ve had to reinstate restrictions at this level.
“Unfortunately, we have seen a rise in cases within our hospitals in the last seven days – these are infections being brought in from outside visitors.
“Therefore we must take steps to protect our patients who are already vulnerable, and to protect our staff who are vital to us being able to continue treating our patients.
“The situation will be reviewed daily and we will look to reintroduce visiting as soon as it is safe enough to do so.”
Peterborough now has the fifth highest rolling case rate in the country, sitting at 502.4 per 100,000 people, based on 1,018 new cases in the week to August 9. The week prior, to August 2, it was 345.0, with 699 new cases recorded.