Visiting is still restricted at Tameside Hospital

Patients and their loved ones are being reminded that visiting is still restricted at Tameside Hospital. 

The reminder comes from Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the Ashton-based hospital. 

The Trust says staff are working hard to make sure that infection prevention and control measures are being strictly adhered to ensure the hospital is safe for patients and staff. 

It adds that restrictions have to remain in place despite the relaxing of other measures in wider society, as the hospital continues to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Restrictions allow for one birthing partner for women in labour, one nominated parent or carer accompanying children, and arrangements will be discussed individually for patients who have learning disabilities, dementia or are at the end of their life.

In all other areas, no visiting is permitted.

The Trust says the current arrangements are subject to regular review and will be changed when it is appropriate to do so. 

Chief Executive Karen James OBE said: "This continues to be a really challenging time for everyone but especially those with loved ones in hospitals or care units that they cannot visit.

"We do understand that this is a really difficult time but we do ask that loved ones don’t come to the hospital to see patients, even in communal areas, entrances or in cars.

"At the Trust we are committed to doing the best we can to care for our patients and restricting visiting is an important part of our safety measures."

People whose friend, relative or loved one is at Tameside Hospital can be helped to keep in touch with them in a number of ways. 

The Trust's Patient Experience Team can be contacted by calling 0161 922 4466, emailing patient.experience@tgh.nhs.uk or on Twitter using the handle @pt_exp_volun.

Meanwhile, we recently reported that a number of new safety measures have also been introduced at the hospital - including the wearing of face coverings and a new directional system, as well as other signage and markings being put in place. 

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