Surgeries resume at rural hospital following Covid-19 outbreak

Two wards at Stornoway's Western Isles Hospital were forced to close this week due to a Covid outbreak.

Surgeries and new admissions at Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway resume following Covid outbreak on wards Google Maps

Surgeries are to resume and new admissions have reopened at a hospital in the Outer Hebrides following an outbreak of Covid-19 on two wards.

Dozens of pre-arranged procedures at Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway had to be postponed after the surgical ward and medical ward two were closed after a surge in confirmed cases.

Hospital bosses confirmed on Saturday that both wards have since reopened after they were forced to close earlier this week.

Visiting arrangements have also been relaxed so that all patients will be permitted one visit each day from two visitors whilst in hospital. 

Visitors no longer have to be designated for the duration of a patient’s stay, meaning patients are able to have different visitors on different days, and there is no longer a requirement for visitors to be from the same household.

The health board added that all visits must continue to be booked in advance with each visiting slot lasting 30 minutes.

Visiting times are between 1.30pm to 4.30pm and 6pm to 7.30pm.

Any patients affected by the temporary closures who had procedures or appointments cancelled will be contacted directly to confirm new arrangements.

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