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From Monday 19th July 2021, the majority of Covid-19 restrictions are being lifted across England. 

From 19th July, the existing infection, prevention and control measures at Mid Cheshire Hospitals - and in our other health care settings within the community - will remain in place until further notice. 

This means that patients, visitors and staff will still be asked to;

  • Wear face coverings
  • Maintain social distancing

 

Visiting remains restricted at the Trust, however, it is our intention to gradually lift some of the current restrictions in a carefully co-ordinated way and these will be kept under constant review.

A range of exceptions to the visiting policy are in place which allow the following (immediate family members or carers only):


  • One support person can accompany a woman for all ultrasound scans, appointments, induction, 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 at the Trust
  • 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.
  • Patients on Wards 4, 10, 19, 21B, Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre and Critical Care are permitted one pre-booked visitor (next of kin) for set times of the day. Further information can be found below.


Please note that the number of entrance points to Leighton Hospital have been restricted to the following:

  • Main entrance
  • Emergency Department entrance
  • Outpatients entrance
  • Maternity Entrance.


All other entrance points are currently closed to patients/visitors.


Next of kin visiting

Patients' next of kin on wards 4, 10, 19, 21B, Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre and Critical Care will be contacted directly to discuss and confirm visiting arrangements. If you have not been contacted, please get in touch with the relevant ward/area.

Visitors are encouraged to perform a Lateral Flow test before arriving. Free lateral flow tests are now widely available from testing sites, pharmacies or can be ordered online. Further information can be found here.

Around 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 do not have symptoms, so getting tested regularly is one of the simplest and easiest ways we can keep everyone safe. 

Visitors will need to report to the main entrance when they arrive. Only registered visitors will be allowed to visit with no swapping allowed. 

Those visiting will need to turn off their Covid-19 tracing app whilst on site.


Emergency Department 

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


Patient belongings

If you have any essential items that need to be passed on to an inpatient, please speak to a volunteer or member of staff at the main entrance - we will then arrange for them to be delivered. Further information can be found here.

 

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 and maternity restrictions

When attending Leighton Hospital for any scans or appointments, women and their support partner are required to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose. Women in labour do not need to wear a face covering, however.

Birthing partners

One birthing partner is able to be with you while you give birth from when:

  • You attend to be induced
  • You attend to have your elective caesarean section
  • You attend in any stage of labour.


Birthing partners are able to remain with you until you are ready to be transferred to the maternity ward. If you and your baby are well, you may be able to go home a few hours after birth with your birthing partner.

Maternity ward visiting

As of 12 April 2021, visiting on the maternity ward is by appointment only for two hours per day and for birth partners only. Staff will advise your birth partner how to book an appointment once your bed on the ward is allocated.

Ultrasound scans and appointments

As of 12 April 2021, we are able to accommodate one support person to all ultrasound scans.

Please note that children are currently not permitted to attend appointments.

From 19 April 2021, we are able to welcome your support person to accompany you to all of your appointments following evidence of a negative lateral flow test (for both you and your support person). Tests can be ordered online or collected from a number of sites in the community. Further information can be found by visiting https://www.gov.uk/find-covid-19-lateral-flow-test-site

 

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

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