Publish date: 16 February 2022

On Monday 14 February 2022 we introduced more visiting opportunities for inpatients as part of a phased return to visiting. 

Visiting is being supported through a central hub based in the hospital, so that families can call a single phone number (0161 922 5332) and book a visit.

When the visitor arrives for their visit they are required to complete a lateral flow test and record a negative result. A visiting ticket will be completed for the visitor to present at the area where their relative or friend is an inpatient and they will be able to undertake their visit.  Throughout their visit they are required to social distance, wear a fluid repellent face mask and following infection, prevention and control practices.

Margaret Alexander (pictured) was visited by her cousin, Christine Hirst, earlier this week, Christine was really pleased to be able to visit Margaret.

Peter Weller, Executive Director of Nursing and Infection Prevention and Control said, “I’m delighted that we have been able to reintroduce general visiting again in our hospital, in a planned and safe way. We know that visiting has such a positive impact on our patients’ health and wellbeing. We have continued to take a compassionate approach to visiting at all times so that people with additional needs have support. As we have reintroduced visiting, yesterday we managed to book a further 120 general visits for patients on our wards, and we will continue to support patients and their families with this. Thanks to all of the staff and volunteers involved who helped to make this happen.”

For more information about visiting please visit the patients and visitors section.