Visitors banned in West London hospitals

Hospitals in North West London have banned visitors because of the spread of the Omicron variant.

The NHS Clinical Commissioning Group for NW London (CCG) said on 5 January that it had banned visitors to its hospitals from Friday 31 December:

‘To keep everyone safe, we can only permit visitors in exceptional circumstances, including:

·         Visiting a child

·         Visiting a patient at the end of their life

·         As a birth partner

·         As a carer

‘Before coming to visit a patient in hospital in exceptional circumstances, please contact the ward or unit to confirm you are able to visit. In areas or on wards where there have been several cases of Covid-19, greater restrictions may be in place.’

Visitors are not currently permitted to go to outpatient appointments or to Accident & Emergency apart from in exceptional circumstances such as where a patient has a regular carer or where the patient is a child (under 16).

NHS NW London CCG said Covid cases had risen significantly, specifically in the over 60s and that the challenge for January was to manage increased hospitalisations.

Care homes and other setting with vulnerable people are being closely monitored for outbreaks, outbreaks already being reported.

‘While we await further information from scientists, what we do know is that Covid in all its variants has the potential to cause significant harm, especially with the very high rates of community transmission we are seeing. It is therefore important that everyone eligible for the vaccine comes forward, including for second and booster doses, protecting themselves and loved ones’ they said.

The NHS Clinical Commissioning Group for NW London include all the GP practices in eight boroughs.

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