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Changes to our Visiting Policy

In line with the national requirements for people to stay at home, we have made significant changes to our visiting policy in order to minimise the risk of transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

As of Wednesday 25th March 2020:

  • No visitors will be permitted to any adult wards, other than in defined exceptional circumstances. The needs of patients receiving end of life care and patients living with learning disability, autism or dementia will be reviewed on an individual basis, and where appropriate one named visitor will be permitted at any one time.
  • No children who are not patients are permitted to visit any Trust premises 
  • One birth partner is permitted to accompany a woman in the Delivery Units and the Birth Centre 
  • One named visitor per patient is permitted in Children’s Wards, Maternity Wards and Neonatal Units at any one time.

We recognise the importance to patients of maintaining contact with their family, friends and carers whilst they are in hospital. Where possible, staff will facilitate other means of communicating, such as telephone calls, FaceTime and texting.

A new, temporary Family Liaison Team has been established to support patients and families to maintain contact during this time.

Anyone who meets the limited criteria to visit a patient will be directed to wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds upon entering the clinical area and we would ask you to do the same on leaving the ward and during your visit if indicated.

Please be reminded that you should not visit the hospital if you have a high temperature or a new continuous cough.

Please do not visit if you feel unwell or have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

Visitors who are vulnerable due to chronic health conditions must also be advised not to visit.

We will continue to review this policy as new national guidance is received.

Gynaecology (Ward 62)

2.00 pm – 4.30 pm & 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm daily (including weekends).

Please discuss with the ward manager or ward sisters if you require visiting outside of these hours. Visiting is strictly restricted to a maximum of 2 people per bed and we advise against children visiting.

Newborn Intensive Care (Ward 68)

We encourage you to visit your baby as frequently as possible and to stay as long as you are able to.

Other relatives and friends that come to see your baby must be with you or they will not be allowed onto the Unit. Only two people at a time are allowed to visit your baby at the cot side (one parent and one visitor) as the rooms can get very busy.

* The only time we ask you not to visit is during the doctors’ ward round, which are:

Intensive care rooms 4 and 5 – 9.00 am – 11.30 am

All other rooms – 9.00 am – 11.00 am

Breastfeeding facilities onsite

There are a number of breastfeeding facilities available throughout each hospital site. Please see below for a full list of feeding locations:

Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital – Out-patient Department

Located on the ground floor within the main waiting area

Saint Mary’s Hospital

Located on the ground floor within the main hospital corridor, by the blood room (2 rooms)

Saint Mary’s Hospital – Located in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

For parents/families with babies on the unit

Saint Mary’s Hospital – Main hospital corridor

Located on the second floor, opposite the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit’s parents’ accommodation

Saint Mary’s Hospital – Scan department

Located on the ground floor within the main waiting area

Royal Eye Hospital atrium

By the main reception desk


Delivery Unit (Ward 64)

Women in labour – Open visiting for their birth partners only. This means a maximum of two visitors in total, and these individuals should ideally be decided on before your admission.

For women who have delivered their baby, including those requiring high dependency care, and women who are not in labour but are on the Delivery Unit:

8.00 am – 10.00 pm (partners only)

10.00 am – 8.00 pm (other visitors, but numbers are restricted to two at the bedside at any one time).