County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust has announced
that in light of national guidance for people to stay at home to
help further prevent the spread of Coronavirus, visiting at all of
its hospitals across County Durham and Darlington has been
suspended with immediate effect.
Executive Director of Nursing, Noel Scanlon, said, "We've taken
this decision to protect our patients many of whom are elderly and
already very ill, and our staff who need to be well to care for our
patients. The restrictions will be in place until further
notice and only the following visitors will be permitted:
"This will apply in all our hospitals including University
Hospital of North Durham, Darlington Memorial Hospital, Bishop
Auckland Hospital and our community hospitals.
"These are unprecedented times and we're grateful for the
support we're getting from the public. We understand that people
will be disappointed to not be able to visit loved ones in hospital
and we ask our local communities for their understanding at this
Published 26th March 2020
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