[Skip to content]

Mid Cheshire Hospitals - NHS Foundation Trust
Departments and services How To Find Us
Advanced
Search our Site
.

Visiting us

Following changes to national lockdown measures, visiting restrictions have been reintroduced.

Following the outbreak of Coronavirus, national guidance was introduced to restrict visitors to hospitals to reduce the further spread of the disease.

As national measures start to be reintroduced, the Trust has suspended visiting from Thursday 15 October until further notice.

The current exceptions to the visiting policy remain. This allows the following (immediate family members or carers only) to visit:

  • One birthing partner can accompany a woman for the 20-week scan, induction and during labour, and for pre-booked times on the postnatal ward*
  • One parent or appropriate adult can visit their child (with the exception of the Neonatal Unit where both parents can be with their baby at the same time)
  • Up to two visitors (if social distancing can be maintained) can visit a patient receiving end-of-life care
  • Visiting is also permitted if you are supporting someone with a mental health issue such as dementia, a learning disability or autism where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed.


*Please note that our maternity arrangements were updated on 19 October 2020 to include induction and visiting appointments on the postnatal ward.

Our Emergency Department are still currently running a no visitor policy with the exceptions of one parent accompanying a child or a full time carer.

Arriving at the hospital

You are asked to wear a face covering and sanitise your hands on entering the hospital.

Please bring your own face covering with you whenever possible, but if you do not have one available when you come to hospital you can see a member of staff on arrival and we will provide you with a mask.

Please try to bring as few personal belongings as possible such as bags, handbags and electronic devices to minimise the risk of infection. Throughout the hospital we have social distancing markers and hand sanitisers in place.

All visits must follow social distancing guidelines and visiting areas will be clearly marked to support this.

Touchpoints in our wards, rooms and cubicles such as chairs and door handles will be cleaned before and after each visitor.

When you leave hospital sanitisers will be available so you can wash your hands.

Please do not come to the hospital if you are unwell especially if you have:

  • A high temperature or
  • A new, persistent cough, or
  • Loss of or changes to your sense of smell or taste
  • You are self-isolating with other people showing signs of Coronavirus or anyone who has been contacted by the Test and Trace programme.

 

After your visit

Please go straight home after your visit. Do not visit any other areas of the hospital.

You will not be required to self-isolate following your visit, as your risk from virus transmission will have been minimised by wearing a face covering and hand washing.

We recognise how difficult it has been for people who could not visit their loved ones over the last few months.

If you are coming to visit someone in our hospital, please follow our new guidance so we can make sure you visit safely.

We really appreciate your assistance as we take this step forward to support our patients and the people who care about them.


Antenatal

If you are you expecting a baby it’s important to attend antenatal appointments as usual, unless told otherwise

Visiting restrictions are still in place, so all women attending routine and planned antenatal appointments (with exception of the 20-week scan) must still come unaccompanied.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic we introduced a number of changes to the way we run all of our services. These changes meant that we could not permit anyone other than the pregnant service user to attend scans and appointments.

In order to make this as safe as possible for you, your family, other families and our staff we ask that you adhere to the following guidance:

  • You must not attend if you either of you have any symptoms of Coronavirus
  • On arrival we ask that the person accompanying you waits in the car/outside the building while you check in. You will be asked if you or the person accompanying you have any covid symptoms
  • When it is time for your scan you will be called on the number provided and asked to attend the antenatal clinic
  • You are asked to wear a face covering and sanitise your hands on entering the hospital
  • Please bring your own face covering with you whenever possible, but if you do not have one available when you come to hospital you can see a member of staff on arrival and we will provide you with a mask
  • Guidance given by our staff as to where to sit in the scan room must be followed. There will be a view of the scan on a monitor screen.

 

Thank you for your co-operation and support during this period.

To return to the landing page, click here.

Latest news