Visiting suspended across all NHS Highland health and social care sites in response to coronavirus
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NHS Highland says it has suspended visiting at all its sites in order to shield vulnerable groups.
Announcing the move "with immediate effect" spokeswoman for the health board said: "These are not normal circumstances and it is with great reluctance that we take these steps but they are steps we have to take to protect our patients, our staff and our wider communities.
"There will be exceptions to the rule which include a birth partner during childbirth, and if you are accompanying a child in hospital or for patients receiving end of life care.
"For these exceptions, there must be agreement in advance from the nurse or midwife in charge of the ward or the care home manager.
"Where exceptions have been made visitors will be asked not to visit any other areas in the hospital once their visit is over.
"Anyone who is unwell and/or exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 – a new, persistent cough and fever or high temperature – should NOT visit any patients in a hospital or care home setting.
"We appreciate that this is already an anxious time for families / carers and our health and social care staff will keep clear lines of communication open.
"These measures will be reviewed regularly and relaxed when it is safe to do so.
"Thank you for your cooperation and understanding."
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