A TEMPORARY ban on visiting hospitals in Morecambe Bay has been reintroduced amid a rise in Covid-19 cases.

The change follows the reintroduction of limited visiting arrangements across the hospital trust at the beginning of last week.

Until further notice, visiting at Furness General Hospital, Westmorland General Hospital and Millom Hospital is only permitted if:

- The patient is receiving end-of-life care

- The visitor is a birthing partner for a woman in labour or to their 20-week scan

- The visitor is a parent or appropriate adult visiting their child

- The visitor is supporting someone with dementia, a learning disability, autism, or something similar - where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed

Visitors for the above must be agreed with the nurse in charge of the ward before attending the hospital.