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Extended Visiting Times at Leighton Hospital

In response to feedback from visitors and patients, visiting times across adult inpatient wards at Leighton Hospital are to be extended from Monday, July 28, 2014.

Family and friends will be able to visit patients on adult inpatient wards anytime from 3pm until 8pm every day (with the exception of Ward 9). Previously, visiting times on most wards were restricted to separate afternoon and evening sessions.

Visiting times for maternity and paediatric wards, as well as Critical Care, the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford, will remain the same as they are currently, and further information is available online at www.mcht.nhs.uk/wards.

Julie Smith, Director of Nursing and Quality at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Patients benefit greatly from having their loved ones visit them during their hospital recovery, so we are very pleased that we are able to extend our visiting times.  We also know that visitors appreciate this added flexibility as it makes visiting much easier to fit in with their other commitments.”

Guidance for visitors to ward areas remains the same:

  • please keep the number of visitors to two at any one time to avoid disturbing other patients;

  • for infection control reasons, please refrain from sitting on the bed;

  • please do not visit if you have a current or recent illness (ward staff will be able to provide you with guidance on this if necessary);

  • occasionally patients may benefit from a rest period or may require treatment during visiting times, and ward staff will inform visitors if this is the case;

  • please always use the alcohol hand gel when entering and leaving the wards;

  • please note that if you visit the ward during a protected mealtime period, you may be asked to wait in the day room for a short time.  Alternatively, patients may benefit from family or friends assisting them during meal times, so please speak with the ward staff if you wish to assist in this.