VISITING is being restricted at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley with immediate effect due to a surge in Covid cases.

Restrictions are now in place on all general wards and departments in light of the increasing transmission of the omicron variant.

However, the hospital says there will be exceptions for patients receiving end-of-life care and for the most vulnerable patients - for example patients with dementia.

Paediatrics, neonatal and maternity will continue to allow parents and partners as part of the current arrangement.

Chief executive Diane Wake said: “The decision to restrict visiting has been made to keep patients and staff safe.

“I know this is disappointing news but the increasing cases of Covid-19 across the Dudley borough has left us with no other choice. These arrangements will be reviewed at the end of January.”