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Updated MFT Covid-19 Interim Visiting Policy – Tuesday 4th January 2022

We have had to change our normal visiting arrangements to help safeguard our patients and staff from COVID-19.

We keep these under constant review in light of national guidance, COVID-19 levels in our communities and other factors, including the requirements of individual patients.

The full policy is available on this page, but key points are:

Visits are now only in certain circumstances, and must be pre-authorised by ward staff – visitors cannot simply turn up.

Patients are only allowed one visitor at a time.

In line with national guidance, all visitors should have proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test (LFT) which has been done in advance. We cannot provide you with a LFT when you arrive at the hospital. You will be asked to show proof of your results. See information sheet on this page for more details.

In addition:

  • You must not visit if you have any COVID-19/flu symptoms, and
  • You must not visit if you have had contact with someone who has COVID-19, and
  • You must not visit if you have been vomiting/had diarrhoea within the last 48 hours.

Visitors must observe all our Infection Prevention and Control measures (including using gel, social distancing and wearing a mask, plus any other requirements which apply).

Visitors who are vulnerable as a result of their medication, chronic illness or are over the age of 70 are advised not to visit if possible.

Thank you for helping us keep high standards of Infection Prevention and Control, which reduce the chance of visitors bringing COVID-19 into our hospitals.

For information on virtual visiting, please click here. 

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 one person at a time are allowed to visit your baby at the cot side 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