MFT Covid-19 Interim Visiting Policy – Friday 24th December 2021
Our updated visiting restrictions will continue to differ depending upon the level of risk associated with a patient’s pathway as set out by NHS guidance. These restrictions will also differ depending on the type of ward or unit, and whether a patient has been identified as having a specific need.
Key principles of the policy are:
- One visitor may be permitted following a risk assessment, if the assessment indicates that this can be achieved safely (i.e. low risk) and the patient wishes to receive a visitor.
- Visitors must have no symptoms or known recent Covid-19 contact or exposure.
- Visitors who have had Covid-19 infection, must have been asymptomatic for the previous 14 days.
- Any visiting should be pre-arranged or at a locally specified visiting time in order to minimise the number of visitors in a clinical area at any one time.
- Movement of visitors around the premises should be minimised.
- All visitors to Trust premises are required to abide by the Trust Protocol for the use of face masks.
- Visitors are required to comply with safety measures, including wearing a surgical face mask, distancing, handwashing and donning the appropriate PPE as identified by the clinical staff responsible for the patient’s care.
- Where specific needs have been identified, the number of visitors permitted and the length of time they may stay will be influenced by the assessed level of risk and the capacity to enable appropriate distancing measures.
In order to protect our patients and staff, visitors who refuse to comply with Infection Control requirements will be asked to leave the Trust’s premises.
Visitors are advised not to visit any of our premises if they are unwell; have a high temperature; a new continuous cough; a loss of or change to their sense of smell; or have had contact with a confirmed or suspected Covid-19 case.
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.
In order to support families to maintain contact during a patient’s admission, processes have been put in place in our inpatient areas to support and encourage patients to access virtual visiting and alternative means of communicating with family and friends if they are able to do so.
In areas where visiting is restricted, our clinical staff are expected to maintain daily contact with an identified family member, as agreed by the patient or identified through a best interest process if the patient is not able to do so. The frequency of contact may be reduced if this is agreed by the patient and family.
We will continue to review the policy as new national guidance is received and in accordance with the local prevalence of Covid-19.
Thank you for your continued understanding and co-operation with these arrangements to help keep patients, staff and visitors safe.
For door-to-door journey planning via public transport, please click here to visit Traveline Northwest.
Alternatively, you may call Traveline for public transport information on 0871 200 22 33 be aware that calls to this number cost 12p per minute plus any additional access charge from your phone company.
The following services all stop on Moorside Road outside Trafford General Hospital:
- 245 Exchange Quay – Flixton – Stretford – Altrincham
- 247 Altrincham – Flixton – The Trafford Centre
- 256 Flixton – Stretford – Hulme – Manchester
- 268 Urmston – Stretford – Baguley – Wythenshawe
- 276 Trafford General – Withington Hospital
- 277 Trafford Hospital – Stretford – Gorse Hill
- 278 Stretford – Trafford General Hospital
- X58 Flixton – Davyhulme – Manchester Express
For more information on any of these services please click the following link and enter the postcode ‘M41 5SL’:
There are several cycle racks to lock your bike up at the entrances to Trafford General Hospital and we are a short 5 minute ride from the nearest train station.
For a personalised cycling map and directions to our site, simply click the link below and enter your start location:
All users leave their bikes at their own risk and the Trust is not liable for stolen or damaged bikes.
Our closest railway stations are Chassen Road (CSR), less than 1 mile away, and Urmston (URM), approximately 1.5 miles away. Both are a short walk, cycle or bus ride from the hospital.
For a personalised rail timetable, simply click the link below and enter your starting station, destination (CSR or URM) and travel time.
Park and Ride
Trafford Shuttle Times
The Trafford General Hospital shuttle runs from 10:30 am to 3pm, Monday to Friday. It departs from the main entrance of Trafford General Hospital towards the Oxford Road Campus (and returns) approximately every hour. This service is free for staff who hold a valid MFT ID badge. All others passengers (including patients and visitors) are required to pay £1 to the driver (cash only). You can view the timetable here.
Our Trafford site provides 3 hours free parking for patients and visitors. If your visit exceeds the 3 hours limit due to appointment delays please contact a member of the nursing team who will take the relevant steps to ensure that no parking notice penalty is applied.
Patients or visitors who will be attending the hospital with the knowledge that they will exceed the 3 hours free parking limit will need to attend the Trafford hospital main reception where they will need to pay £5.00 for a day pass.
Please note that Trafford operates an ANPR system therefore there is no requirement for a physical ticket/permit.
For a personalised driving map and directions to our site, simply click the link below and enter your start location.
Car parking at Trafford General is free for up to 3 hours for patients and visitors. If you are admitted, delayed or require parking for longer, please let the nurse looking after you know to ensure you don’t receive a penalty charge notice. Alternatively, you can inform a member of staff at:
- The Main Information Desk
- Urgent Care Centre Reception
- Car Parking office
Accessibility and Specialist Requirements
Wheelchairs are available at the entrances to the Urgent Care, Centre, Outpatients Department and Clock Tower Entrance
If you have any accessibility enquiries or special requirements such as help with visual impairment, hearing, language or communication matters, please ask a member of staff for assistance or contact the Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS) on 0161 746 2019. You can also contact us by minicom on 0161 746 2243. Sign Language Interpreters and Lip Speakers may also be available by prior arrangement.
Accessible transport guide
Transport for Sick Children
Transport for Sick Children is a registered charity working throughout Greater Manchester and helping children to reach their hospital appointments.
Telephone enquiries: 0161 443 4122
Ring and Ride
Ring and Ride is a door-to-door accessible minibus service for people of all ages who find it difficult to use ordinary public transport.
Telephone enquiries: 0161 200 6011
Travel vouchers are for people who are not able to use ordinary buses, trains or Metrolnk and have serious walking difficulties or are registered blind. They can be used to pay for taxis and for travel on accessible bus services such as Ring and Ride and Community transport.
Telephone enquiries: 0161 244 1050