THE number of inpatients being treated for Covid-19 at Rotherham Hospital has fallen to its lowest level since the start of the coronavirus crisis.
Following a spike in numbers last week to 38, which was attributed to the new test and trace system, George Briggs, chief operating officer at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said that, as of 8am on Wednesday, 23 patients were being treated for Covid in the hospital.
He added a total of 594 inpatients who had tested positive for Covid-19 had been treated so far, of whom 191 have died and 372 been discharged.
Helen Dobson, deputy chief nurse for the trust, said everyone still had a part to play in keeping coronavirus infections to a minimum as lockdown restrictions gradually began to lift and life returned to a certain degree of normality.
She added: “It is great that we will soon be able to enjoy a meal out or having a drink, but please act responsibly.
“If you do venture out to your local, please drink in moderation, continue to follow all social distancing guidance and regularly wash your hands.”
Ms Dobson said people should take steps to stock up their medicine cabinets for minor illnesses and ailments that can be treated at home, so their staff could continue to provide care to those most in need.
“We continue to review our visiting restrictions on a regular basis, and at the moment these remain in place,” she said.
Restrictions include no visitors being allowed on wards, apart from one birthing partner for labour and maternity ward patients, and one visitor each for child patients, those with dementia or learning disabilities and people receiving palliative care.
The visitor must be the same person on each visit.
Visitors are also required to wear a face covering (over the nose and mouth) within the hospital.
Ms Dobson added: “Any changes will be posted on our website and social media channels.
“We understand this is a difficult time, especially for those with friends and loved ones in hospital - but our restrictions are in place to help protect all patients, their families and our staff, and help to aid appropriate social distancing.
“I would like to reassure everyone that we don’t make these decisions lightly and the patient is always at the heart of our decision making.”