Covid-19 Information

104. Theatre - staff smiling.jpgInfection prevention and control measures remain in place at Mid Cheshire Hospitals, which includes Leighton Hospital and our other healthcare settings within the community. 
This means that patients, visitors and staff must:  

  • Wear face coverings
  • Maintain social distancing 
  • Regularly wash/sanitise their hands. 

*From Friday 1 July, all patients and visitors must wear a face mask/covering in clinical settings including hospital corridors and the outpatients department unless medically exempt.

Inpatient visiting

We are pleased to update our visiting restrictions in line with our phased approach and national guidance. 

From Wednesday 15 June, patients on our adult inpatient wards* are permitted two visitors for one hour between 3 and 7pm, seven days a week. During this timeframe, visitors must remain the same two people and are only permitted to visit for one hour each day in order to reduce the risk of infection. 

Patients attending the outpatients department and the Emergency Department are permitted to be accompanied by a loved one, if they wish to do so. 

Please note, a range of exceptions to the visiting policy are also in place which allow the following (immediate family members or carers only):   

  • Visiting a patient receiving end-of-life care in hospital   
  • 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, our South Cheshire Surveillance Unit does not permit visitors due to being a Surveillance ward. Covid Surveillance and/or positive wards/areas do not permit visitors unless the visit falls under our exceptions to the visiting policy which can be found above. 

Visiting restrictions currently apply to Wards 4 and 13.

52. Maternity - staff with mum and baby.jpgWhen 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.

Once you are in established labour, a second birthing partner is able to be with you on the Midwifery Led Unit and Labour Ward Suite.

Maternity ward visiting 

Visiting on the Maternity Ward (Ward 23) is between 10am-10pm, daily for one identified support person per woman.

Two additional visitors (including women's own children or siblings of the baby, three visitors in total including identified support person) are able to visit between 2:30pm-4:30pm. 

We ask visitors to be patient while waiting to be allowed access to the Maternity Ward during visiting times.

Children are currently not permitted to attend maternity outpatients, triage, labour ward or the Midwifery Led Unit.

If you are a support person or visitor, we recommend taking a Lateral Flow Test on the same day of visiting, for every day you visit.

Ultrasound scans and appointments 

We are able to accommodate one support person to all ultrasound scans and all maternity appointments.

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

NICU - Both parents/Guardians are permitted 24 hour access. Two visitors (including siblings) are permitted to visit between 5-6pm weekdays, 10.30-11.30am and 5-6pm on weekends.

Ward 16 - One resident Parent/guardian can swap freely with an alternative parent/carer to be with their child.

Ward 17 - One resident Parent/guardian with an alternative parent/carer between 10am-7pm. Two visitors (including siblings) are permitted to visit between 5 and 6pm on weekdays, 10.30-11.30am and 5-6pm on weekends.

Elective surgery - One Parent/guardian

NICU - Both parents/Guardians are permitted 24 hour access. Two visitors (including siblings) are permitted to visit between 5-6pm weekdays, 10.30-11.30am and 5-6pm on weekends.

We strongly encourage the completion of an LFD test on the same day prior to attending our hospitals in order to keep our patients, colleagues and yourself safe.

Visitors may be asked for evidence of a negative result when they arrive on site. They may also be asked screening questions to make sure they are not unwell at the point of the visit or have been in contact with someone positive or symptomatic.  

Visitors showing any Covid-19, cold or flu-like symptoms must not attend our hospitals.

Visitors are also required to wear a mask at all times (unless exempt with proof of medical letter), maintain social distancing and regularly wash/sanitise hands. 

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.