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Masks and social distancing rules to stay at Sandwell hospitals

Rules around wearing masks and social distancing will remain in place at hospitals after 'Freedom Day' on Monday, bosses at Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust have announced.

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Rules around masks will remain in place.

The trust, which operates Sandwell, Birmingham City and Rowley Regis hospitals, Leasowes Intermediate Care Centre, as well as a number of GP surgeries, said it "will expect" those who come to its sites to follow the national guidelines for NHS trusts beyond Monday when Government restrictions are lifted.

It said measures would remain in place in order to protect patients.

Surgical face masks and hand sanitiser will continue to be available at the main entrances of the trust’s healthcare sites.

Currently visiting is limited, however one person can accompany a child or baby, a pregnant woman attending an appointment or in labour or those who lack mental capacity.

Patients at the trust's community bedded unit at Rowley Regis are also allowed visitors as are end of life care patients.

All visits must be pre-arranged with the wards where the patient is being cared for. This policy will remain in place until further notice, chiefs said.

Chief nurse Mel Roberts said: “It’s vitally important that we keep our patients, staff and their loved ones safe and by continuing with these restrictions we can reduce the risk of infections. We are treating some of the most vulnerable within our community and their care is our priority.”