In order to protect their most vulnerable patients, NHS Ayrshire & Arran has taken the difficult decision to suspend visiting times in all of its hospitals.

Dr Crawford McGuffie, Medical Director, explains: “To limit the spread of COVID-19 and to protect our most vulnerable patients and ensure the safety of our staff, we are suspending visiting indefinitely.
“We know this will be difficult for our patients and their families. However, we need to keep our patients and staff safe.”
There are exceptions for the neonatal unit, maternity services and children’s ward which will be restricted.
For the maternity inpatient ward, labour ward and maternity theatres, one visitor or birthing partner will be permitted and they must remain within the maternity area at all times; no overnight stay is permitted.
For maternity outpatient services, including scan, no visitors will be permitted.
Women to attend may take a short video of their scan at the end of their appointment.
In neonatal and special care baby unit, parents only will be allowed and should remain with the child at all times.
In the children's ward, one carer is allowed and must be with the child at all times.