From Friday (1 April), proof of negative lateral flow tests are no longer be required for people visiting loved ones at the University Hospital of North Tees and the University Hospital of Hartlepool.
However, all visitors are asked to not come to the hospital if they are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.
“COVID-19 is still a threat. It’s vital that no one puts their loved one at risk by visiting them in hospital if they have any symptoms of the virus.”Deepak Dwarakanath, medical director
Symptoms of COVID-19
- High temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling tired or exhausted
- Aching body
- Sore throat
- Blocked or runny nose
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling sick or being sick
Visits are limited to two people per patient for one hour and must be booked in advance by calling the ward.