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Updated MFT Visiting Policy 14th October

The Trust first implemented an Interim Visiting Policy in March 2020, and updated it in July 2020. This policy has now been updated further to take account of recent regional, national and professional guidance along with changes to restrictions. The aim of the policy is to protect patients, staff and visitors by minimising the risk of transmission of COVID-19 by reducing footfall in our hospitals and community inpatient areas.

We recognise that maintaining contact with friends and family during a hospital admission is very important to our patients and their loved ones. In order to support patients to maintain contact with loved ones, the option of virtual visiting will be offered regularly to all inpatients.  We have also introduced Letters to Loved Ones at Wythenshawe Hospital and Trafford General Hospital.

Our policy enables specific identified needs to be taken into account, such as end of life care, cognitive impairment, learning disability/autism and visual or auditory impairment. The specific needs of women in labour, neonates and children are also recognised within the policy. Where there is a specific identified need, agreed named visitors may be permitted as set out in the policy. Essential visitors who meet a specific, identified care or communication need should not be counted as named visitors. Patients with identified specific needs must be reviewed by the senior clinician and Ward Manager or Matron on the day of admission and daily thereafter to determine the appropriate visiting arrangements.

The revised policy is effective with immediate effect.  Key points are set out below for ease of reference:

  • Visiting is not permitted for adult patients with an admission period of fewer than 7 days, (unless the patient has a specific identified need). If the level of risk for the area is assessed as low, the senior clinician and Ward Manager may agree one named visitor who may visit at pre-arranged times for patients whose admission exceeds 7 days.  Any permitted visiting will be time restricted and must be arranged in advance with the Ward Manager/Nurse in Charge.
  • Patients who need to attend face to face outpatient appointments should be encouraged to attend alone where possible. Patients who need to be accompanied may bring one person to their appointment.
  • One parent/named family member may be resident with a child in hospital. Parents who live in the same household can swap places. If a child’s admission exceeds 7 days and the level of risk is assessed as low, one named visitor, in addition to the resident parent may visit at a pre-arranged time for a defined time period, if this is assessed as necessary and can be safely accommodated.
  • For babies cared for in Neonatal Intensive Care areas, both parents may visit together for the first 24 hours of admission, after which one parent may stay with their baby.
  • One essential visitor and one named birth partner are permitted to accompany a woman in the Delivery Units/Birth Centre. Without exception, the essential visitor/named birth partner must wear PPE as appropriate.
  • One essential visitor and one named visitor are permitted to visit women in maternity wards when the risk level is assessed as low or medium. If the risk level is high, visiting is restricted to one essential visitor.
  • Women can be accompanied by one named adult in maternity triage and throughout their antenatal care and if they wish, providing social distancing can be maintained. One named person may accompany a woman for the 20 week mid-pregnancy anomaly scan, providing social distancing can be maintained.
  • Children (aged below 16 years) are not permitted to visit unless the patient is receiving end of life care and it is assessed by the senior clinician and Ward Manager/Nurse in Charge as appropriate for a child to visit accompanied and supported by a named adult visitor, and a visit can be safely accommodated.

Staff are asked to ensure that patients and their loved ones are aware of the policy and the changes that are effective from today. Anyone who meets the restricted criteria to visit a patient must be made aware of hand hygiene on arrival and must wear PPE as appropriate.

In order to protect our patients and staff, visitors who refuse to comply with these requirements must be asked to leave the Trust’s premises.

Visitors must be advised not to visit any Trust premises if they are unwell, have symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have had contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case. Visitors who are at risk of COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions or being over the age of 70 should also be advised not to visit.

We will continue to review the policy in the context of national/regional guidance, COVID-19 infection rates and restrictions.

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.