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Updated MFT Covid-19 Interim Visiting Policy – Friday 16th April 2021

The Trust implemented an Interim Visiting Policy in March 2020 in order to minimise the risk of transmission of Covid-19 by reducing the footfall in our hospital and community inpatient areas. Further updates have been made to this policy over the past year in line with national and local guidance and local levels of Covid-19 infection.

We recognise that maintaining contact with friends and family during a hospital admission is important to our patients and their loved ones, and so following the national easing of lockdown restrictions we have now updated our interim visiting policy again, effective from 16th April 2021.

MFT’s 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 – low, medium or high. 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 and updates to the policy are set out below:

  • 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.
  • For low risk adult inpatient beds, one named visitor from the patient’s household or support bubble is permitted if the risk assessment indicates that this can be achieved safely (i.e. low risk) and the patient wishes to receive a visitor.
  • Any visiting is either by appointment or at the ward’s specified visiting times in order to minimise the number of visitors in a clinical area at any one time.
  • Adult patients who are receiving treatment in a critical care bed may have one named visitor from the patient’s household or support bubble on a weekly basis, arranged in advance with the care team.
  • Where a patient has been identified to have specific needs, such as patients receiving end of life care or people living with a learning disability and/or autism, 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 of the environment to enable appropriate distancing measures.
  • Essential visitors who support a patient with a specific need are additional to the named visitor, providing this can be safely facilitated.
  • Movement of visitors around the Trust’s premises should be minimised – please go directly to the ward when you arrive and leave the hospital as soon as your visit ends.
  • For children receiving care in low risk beds, two parents/named family members who live in the same household/support bubble may visit, of which one may be resident.
  • For Neonatal Units, two named visitors (usually the baby’s parents) may visit at an agreed time and providing this is deemed appropriate following assessment by the responsible senior nurse and clinician, and can be safely accommodated. One parent may stay with their baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
  • Adult patients attending outpatient appointments should attend alone where possible. Patients who need to be accompanied may bring one person to their appointment.
  • We aim to continue to apply the temporary restrictions with compassion.

For maternity services based at Saint Mary’s Hospital Oxford Road, Saint Mary’s based at Wythenshawe Hospital and Maternity services based at North Manchester General Hospital:

  • All women can be accompanied by one named person (adult) throughout their antenatal care
  • One named person may accompany a woman for all pregnancy ultrasounds scans.
  • One essential visitor and one named birth partner are permitted for all women attending delivery units or birth centres.
  • One essential visitor and one named visitor are permitted in maternity wards where the risk is low or medium and one essential visitor if the level of risk is assessed as high.

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 Trust 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 have had Covid-19 infection must have been free of symptoms for 14 days before they are permitted to visit. 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 information on virtual visiting, please click here. 

A1

Specialism: Vascular Surgery
Location: Purple
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm
Get in touch
0161 291 6197
0161 291 6198

A2

Specialism: Short Stay Surgery
Location: Purple
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm
Get in touch
0161 291 6298
0161 291 6299

A3

Specialism:  Trauma and Elective Orthopaedic Surgery
Location: Purple
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm
Get in touch
0161 291 6397
0161 291 6399

A4

Specialism: General Surgery
Location: Purple
Visiting times: 11am-8pm
Get in touch
0161 291 6497
0161 291 6499

A5

Specialism: Trauma Orthopaedic Surgery
Location: Purple
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm
Get in touch
0161 291 6597
0161 291 6599

A6

Specialism: Gastrointestinal Surgery/SAU
Location: Purple
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm
Get in touch
0161 291 6697
0161 291 6698

A7

Specialism: Respiratory
Location: Purple
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm
Get in touch
0161 291 6797
0161 291 6798

A8/A10-AMU

Specialism: Short Stay Medical Unit/Acute Medical Unit
Location: Purple
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm
Get in touch
0161 291 6098

A9

Specialism: Medicine (Gastroenterology)
Location: Purple
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm
Get in touch
0161 291 6997
0161 291 6998

Neonatal

Specialism: Neonatal
Location: Blue
Visiting times: Open visiting for parents. Other visitors until 9pm. Parents only 1pm – 3pm (Quiet time for babies). Children (siblings only) to be accompanied by an adult.
Get in touch
0161 291 2932

C2

Specialism: Postnatal
Location: Blue
Visiting times: Partner and siblings 8 am- 12 Midnight Grandparents 10am – 11am (two visitors only). Other visitors 3pm – 4pm,  7pm – 8pm (four visitors only). Children to be accompanied by an adult.
Get in touch
0161 291 2936

C3

Specialism: Antenatal
Location: Blue
Visiting times: Open visiting hours from 8am- 8pm. Children to be accompanied by an adult.
Get in touch
0161 291 2963

F1 Sexton Suite

Specialism: Day Case Surgery
Location: Green
Visiting times: N/A
Get in touch
0161 291 2294

F1 Plastics

Specialism: Plastic Surgery
Location: Green
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm
Get in touch
0161 291 2202
0161 291 2195

F2L

Specialism: Lung Surgery
Location: Green
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm
Get in touch
0161 291 2197
0161 291 2199
0161 291 5491

F2C

Specialism: Cardiology Day Case
Location: Green
Visiting times: N/A
Get in touch
0161 291 5398

F3

Specialism: Urology Surgery
Location: Green
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm
Get in touch
0161 291 2208
0161 291 2210

F4 North

Specialism: Complex Healthl
Location: Green
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm.
Get in touch
0161 291 4723

F4 South

Specialism: Complex Health
Location: Green
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm.
Get in touch
0161 291 4724

The ward encourages carers to visit at any time so please discuss with the nurse in charge.

F5

Specialism: Cardiology
Location: Green
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm
Get in touch
0161 291 5302
0161 291 5304
0161 291 5305

We have ‘Protected Mealtimes’ on this ward between 12pm -1pm and 5pm to 6pm and during these times only visitors who are providing feeding assistance should stay with the patient.  Any visitors who feel they have another valid reason for wanting to visit during these times are very welcome, prior to arrival,  to discuss this with the Ward Co-ordinator on 0161-291 5302.

F6

Specialism: Cardiothoracic Surgery
Location: Green
Visiting times: 2pm – 8pm
Get in touch
0161 291 2564
0161 291 2566
0161 291 2568

 

F7 North

Specialism: Complex Health
Location: Green
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm.

Get in touch
0161 291 2234

F7 South

Specialism: Complex Health
Location: Green
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm.

Get in touch
0161 291 2236

The ward encourages carers to visit at any time so please discuss with the nurse in charge.

F8 (Starlight)

Specialism: Paediatric (Children)
Location: Green, Entrance 10 open 7am – 10pm, outside these hours access through the main hospital
Visiting times: For the inpatient ward there are open visiting hours for parents. One parent can stay with the child. General visiting hours 11am– 8pm.
Get in touch
0161 291 2248

F9

Specialism: Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Head and Neck Surgery
Location: Green
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm.
Get in touch
0161 291 2253
0161 291 2256

LTVS

Specialism: Ventilation Service
Location: Green
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm.
Get in touch
0161 291 4852
0161 291 5701

F12

Specialism: Endocrinology and Diabetes
Location: Orange
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm.
Get in touch
0161 291 4330
0161 291 4331
0161 291 4333
0161 291 4334

F14

Specialism: Complex Health
Location: Orange
Visiting times: 11am-8pm.
Get in touch
0161 291 4546
0161 291 4547

The ward encourages carers to visit at any time so please discuss with the nurse in charge.

F15

Specialism: Stroke Unit
Location: Orange
Visiting times: 11am-8pm.
Get in touch
0161 291 2215
0161 291 2462

The ward encourages carers to visit at any time so please discuss with the nurse in charge.

F16 Women’s Health Suite

Specialism: Breast and Gynaecology Surgery/Outpatients Services
Location: Orange
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm
Get in touch
0161 291 5060
0161 291 2561

ACCU

Specialism: Acute Coronary Care Unit
Location: Purple
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm.
Get in touch
0161 291 6077
0161 291 6078

AICU

Specialism: Acute Intensive Care Unit
Location: Purple
Visiting times: 2pm – 8pm. Visiting outside these hours can be made after speaking to the nurse in charge.
Get in touch
0161 291 6403

AMRU

Specialism: Acute Medical Receiving Unit (Ambulatory Care Medicine Unit)
Location: Purple
Visiting times: Unit open 8am – 10pm (Monday – Friday only). Open visiting.
Get in touch
0161 291 6577

Burns Unit

Specialism: Burns and Plastics
Location: Purple
Visiting times: 2pm – 5pm, 6pm – 8pm
Get in touch
0161 291 6312
0161 291 6313
0161 291 6314

CTCCU

Specialism: Cardiothoracic Critical Care Unit
Location: Yellow
Visiting times: 2pm-4pm, 6pm-8 pm
Get in touch
0161 291 4515
0161 291 4836

Doyle

Specialism: Respiratory (male)
Location: Yellow
Visiting times: 11am-8pm
Get in touch
0161 291 2729

Wilson

Specialism: Respiratory (female)
Location: Yellow
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm
Get in touch
0161 291 2735

Jim Quick

Specialism: Transplant Unit
Location: Green
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm
Get in touch
0161 291 2204

Pearce

Specialism: Cystic Fibrosis
Location: Yellow
Visiting times: Open visiting until 10pm
Get in touch
0161 291 4732

PITU

Specialism: Planned Investigation and Treatment Unit
Location: Orange
Visiting times: N/A
Get in touch
0161 291 5096

Pulmonary Oncology Unit (POU)

Specialism: Lung Cancer/Respiratory
Location: Green
Visiting times: 11am – 8pm
Get in touch
0161 291 2731

Opal House

Visiting: Visitors are very welcome at OPAL House between 2pm and 4.30pm and 5.30pm and 7.30pm daily. Normal car parking charges apply.

Contact: OPAL House is based at Southmoor Road, Wythenshawe, M22 4RY.
OPAL House: 0161 291 4666.