THE Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) in Paisley is reverting back to essential visits only due to an increase in the number of Covid-19 patients.

The infirmary announced the changes, which take effect from tonight at 8pm, via the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde website this afternoon.

All acute wards except maternity, gynaecology and mental health will move to essential visiting for the next three weeks until Tuesday November 2.

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There has been an increased number of Covid-19 cases in the Renfrewshire area.

THE RAH has open wards which makes social distancing and separating patients more difficult.

The RAH has, in recent weeks, experienced an increase in COVID-19 hospital admissions due to the heightened community prevalence in Renfrewshire. Due to the particular challenges within wards with open accommodation, the separation of patients and their visitors is more difficult. Likewise, observing social distancing and other mitigations against COVID are more challenging.

No other sites across the health board are affected.

The arrangements within the RAH will be kept under close review to ensure we optimise the safety of patients, families and staff.

Please note - No other sites are currently affected.

From Wednesday 13 October at 8pm hospital visiting will be restricted to ‘essential visits only’ on the following acute wards on the RAH site.

Wards with Essential Visiting

Ward 3

Ward 4

Ward 5

Ward 6

Ward 7

Ward 8

Ward 10

Ward 11

Ward 14

Ward 18

Ward 20

Ward 21

Ward 22

Ward 23

Ward 24

Ward 27

Ward  28

Ward 29

Ward 36