Visitors are being stopped from Southport Hospital and Ormskirk Hospital.
The ban comes into force tomorrow (Thursday, March 26) due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Southport & Ormskirk NHS Hospitals Trust Chief Executive Trish Armstrong-Child yesterday told Stand Up For Southport that the Trust is treating patients suffering from Covid-19 / Coronavirus as she urged people to stay at home.
There are currently 10 confirmed patients suffering from Covid-19 in Sefton.
The new restrictions at Southport Hospital and Ormskirk Hospital follow the latest Government Covid-19 advice restricting social contact and unnecessary travel.
The decision comes after earlier restrictions imposed on March 18 by the hospitals which limited visiting to one hour a day.
Families and friends of patients are now asked not to visit either hospital other than by arrangement. Visits will be permitted in exceptional circumstances on an individual basis which will be agreed with the nurse in charge of the ward.
Separate arrangements will apply to the following areas:
Maternity and women in labour – one birthing partner per patient
Child inpatients – one carer per child
Chief Executive Trish Armstrong-Child said: “This is not a decision we have taken lightly but it is in line with the Government’s instructions on Tuesday to minimise social contact during the current situation.
“Please consider other ways of speaking with your loved ones, such as by phone or video calling.”
The Trust is also exploring other opportunities to support inpatients and families keep in touch.