THE hospital trust in charge of the John Radcliffe has announced new restrictions on visitors for patients and reduced visiting times due to coronavirus.

A statement from Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said the measures would come into place 'with immediate effect'.

It added: "We are limiting visiting to all adult inpatient areas to one visitor per patient - and visiting hours will be restricted to 4pm to 7pm only."

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The trust, which also runs the Churchill Hospital, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and Banbury's Horton General Hospital, said it would be limiting the number of people who can accompany patients to its Emergency Departments, Emergency Assessment Units (EAU), outpatient departments, antenatal scans and imaging appointments to one person per patient.

OUH continued: "In Maternity, we are restricting visitors to birth partners only for all appointments including scans, the birth itself and postnatal visiting.

"In Paediatrics, visiting is restricted to two parents / guardians only - no siblings.

"In Maternity and Paediatrics the restrictions on visiting hours will not apply."

It added: "Case by case exceptions to the above need to be discussed with the nurse or midwife in charge of the ward or department."