Please be aware that during the ongoing Coronavirus situation, we have reviewed our visiting arrangements. You can see these in more detail below. 

Face coverings and masks

If you are visiting the Trust for whatever reason, you are currently required to wear a clinical grade PPE face mask throughout the entire building(s). This is applicable to hospital buildings and community buildings/clinics etc. We have stations available at all main entrances where you can sanitise your hands and put on a clinical grade face mask. Please also remember that you may be asked, when entering a Trust building, to change your existing face mask for a Trust issued clinical grade face mask. 

We appreciate your cooperation in this and thank-you for helping to keep our hospital and community settings COVID-Secure. 

You can find out more about our infection prevention and control measures at the Trust by clicking here

Visiting times 

Visiting is currently restricted at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT as part of our approach to infection, prevention and control. However there are a number of circumstances where visiting is taking place and will be supported in a planned and compassionate way. This means ensuring that patients with additional support needs are able to have visitors during their stay, including:

  • Someone with a mental health condition such as dementia or delirium
  • Someone who has a learning disability, autism or something similar
  • Someone who has additional communication needs such as not speaking English, or who is d/Deaf
  • Someone who has a carer who is providing ongoing care and treatment
  • Someone who is at end of life or receiving 
  • Someone who is exceptionally distressed and a visit would considerably reduce this

In addition to these compassionate visiting arrangements there are also circumstances where other planned visits can take place for one nominated person (unless otherwise specified). These arrangements are detailed below, and are subject to regular review. In some circumstances visiting arrangements may change due to infection, prevention and control reasons, where this occurs we will contact nominated visitors to let them know as soon as possible.

If you need to contact the ward or department to discuss local arrangements you can find the correct contact number in our contact section.  All visitors will be asked to adhere to wear appropriate protective and personal equipment (PPE) which will be provided and asked to follow social distancing and hand hygiene guidance. Ahead of a planned visit, visitors will be asked to complete a self-declaration form and will be advised to complete lateral flow test and confirm a negative test.

Adult Inpatient areas 
Visiting is currently reduced at the moment though there are a number of situations when a nominated visitor can visit someone at an agreed time. Staff will contact nominated visitors in advance to talk to them about when visits can take place, and usually this will be for people who have been in hospital for a longer period of time. Typically visits will be for 1 hour at set times during the week. Visiting for people with additional support needs will also be arranged by ward staff and the nominated visitor.

Children’s Unit 
Both parents and or guardians will be able to have access to their child whilst in hospital. To start with this will be one parent at a time, but visits by both parents will be considered by request where this can be accommodated in the department. 

Outpatients
Patients attending outpatient appointments should visit alone unless they need a carer, for example to support with visual, hearing or mobility impairment, dementia or other carer needs. If you are particularly anxious or would like to have a visitor with you, please talk to the Outpatients team to see if this can be accommodated within the clinical areas so that we can ensure you get the appropriate support you need. 

Emergency Department
Due to the need to reduce the number of people coming into hospital, additional people accompanying a person in the Emergency Department and walk-in centre will be restricted. This means that only people accompanying someone to provide assistance for people with additional needs (for example, if someone has cognitive impairment, a mobility issue, or as a parent/guardian or carer), will be allowed into the department.

Stamford Unit
There are specific visiting arrangements in place for Stamford Unit at the moment. For specific information relating to visiting at the Stamford Unit, including who to contact about receiving updates about your loved ones, please contact the Stamford Unit on the following numbers:

•Stamford Unit Ground Floor: 0161 922 5531

•Stamford Unit First Floor: 0161 922 5532

•Stamford Unit Second Floor: 0161 922 5821

Critical Care
Virtual visiting will take place for all patients in our critical care units. For some patients who have been in for a longer period of time, some physical visits may be able to take place and this should be discussed with staff on the unit. Any visits that is agreed will be in line with the infection, prevention and control requirements on the unit and staff will be able to provide information on this prior to any visits. Visitors will be required to wear protective personal equipment (PPE) in line with requirements in the department as well as following hand hygiene and social distancing guidance, and completing a self-declaration form before arriving.

Maternity
There are specific arrangements in out Maternity Services so that partners can attend at different points of care and treatment. An overview of these are provided below.

  • Antenatal - Support partners will be able to attend throughout antenatal scans and will be asked to wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during this time. If the antenatal unit becomes crowded, partners maybe asked to wait outside until the scan takes place and will then be invited to attend the scan with their partner. In some clinics, where there is limited space, partners will be able to attend but may be given specific guidance about where to stand to support social distancing.
  • Labour - People attending for induction of labour are able to have their birth partner to support them during the start of the induction process. Two agreed birth partners will be able to provide support when someone has been transferred to the Central Delivery Suite of the Acorn Birth Centre. Birth partners will be offered a lateral flow test when they arrive at the Central Delivery Suite or Acorn Birth Centre. During this time birth partners will be asked to stay on the unit during labour. This is to help minimise movement to support keeping everyone safe.
  • Post-labour - People who need to stay on our post-labour ward (Ward 27) will be able to have their allocated birth partner visit them. Visiting times are 10am – 8pm. Partners will be asked to stay on the ward for the whole of their visit to reduce movement in and out of the ward.
  • NICU - Both parents to have access to their baby throughout their NICU stay. Where possible, parents may be asked to attend the unit at separate times. If this is required it will be communicated in advance but parents will be able to have access to their baby as a family unit for a set period of time each day.

End of Life
For people who are at end of life, or are terminally ill and in the late stages of their illness up to four people will be allowed to visit separately. Times for visits can be agreed in advance with the professional in charge for the department.

More detailed information on visiting can be found in our information leaflet. This is subject to change, and will be updated when visiting restrictions change.

Guidance for visitors during restricted visiting can be found here.

This animated video also helps to explain the current visiting arrangements in the Trust.