NEW visiting restrictions are being imposed at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in response to the rapidly-spreading Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Bosses at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) announced that adult wards at the Paisley site, including maternity services, are being limited to "essential visits" only.

The restrictions come into force tomorrow and mean only one adult will be allowed to visit a patient.

Exceptions to this include visitors to patients in paediatric and neonatal wards, where a maximum of two people per day is recommended.

Jennifer Rodgers, deputy nurse director at NHSGGC, said: "This has been one of the hardest decisions to take but it is essential to help protect our patients, visitors and staff.

"We recognise how difficult this is for patients and the people that matter most to them and we will keep this under close review so that restrictions are not in place any longer than is necessary.

"This decision has been reached in conjunction with senior infection control, public health, clinical and operational teams and in the best interests of patient wellbeing."

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