BARNSLEY Hospital will reintroduce physical visiting for some patients, bosses have announced today.

Vulnerable patients, including but not limited to patients with a learning disability and patients with dementia, as well as patients in non-Covid critical areas will be allowed to have visitors.

All visits are limited to a maximum of one hour, and a specific time will need to be agreed with the ward.

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Any visitors who attend the hospital must follow any health and safety rules including wearing a face covering in the hospital, and must not be isolating, shielding or unwell.

A spokesperson said: “We may also be able to accommodate visitors for patients with a long length of stay, or following recommendations from their medical team.

“Please be aware we are not able to permit visiting to any Covid areas, except for patients receiving end-of-life care.”

General visiting to the hospital will continue to be suspended but the exceptions to this are:

If you are a birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour.

If you are a parent or appropriate adult visiting your child.

If the patient you wish to visit is receiving end-of-life care.