Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals extend visiting opportunities
From Tuesday, 24 May 2022, Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals are reintroducing visiting in all settings within the Trust following restrictions made in line with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Trust is relaxing current guidance in inpatient settings whilst also enabling patients to be accompanied by someone important to them when attending the Emergency Department or Outpatient appointments.
For inpatient wards, visiting hours will be extended to 1pm – 4.30pm and 6pm – 8pm, and visitors will no longer need to book their visit in advance. Two visitors per patient at any one time will be welcome.
Patients attending the Emergency Department, or an Outpatients appointment can be accompanied by one person important to them. However, to support patient safety at times of overcrowding in the departments visitors may be asked to leave for a short period.
Both inpatient visitors and people accompanying patients for Outpatients appointments or attending the Emergency Department will be required to wear a face covering in all areas of the Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals sites at all times, unless medically exempt.
For all settings, visitors will be required to ensure good hand hygiene - regular handwashing or sanitising at all times and are asked not to attend the hospital if they are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of COVID 19 symptoms.
Kimberley Salmon-Jamieson, Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive of Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals said the new visiting guidance will provide benefits to both patients and their loved ones.
“We know the enormous contribution visiting makes to the wellbeing and care of patients, and the distress lack of access to friends and family causes to both patients and loved ones.
“Restricting visitors to patients as per the national policy request, and not allowing friends or family members to accompany patients to the Emergency Department or Outpatients appointments was not a decision taken lightly, but during the height of the COVID pandemic the safety of our patients, staff and visitors was and continue to remain our priority at all times.
“We have been working extremely hard to reinstate our previous ‘Open Visitor Policy’ at the earliest opportunity as we know how vital companionship is for our inpatients and outpatients. We are delighted to welcome more visitors across our hospital sites – be safe and t be with your loved ones.”
The visiting guidance extends across the Warrington and Halton sites, including the Urgent Treatment Centre at Halton which provides an excellent alternative for those patients needing to attend the Emergency Department at Warrington.
Enquiring about patients
It is natural that you will want to know how your friend or relative is progressing, but it would help us considerably if calls could be kept to a minimum. Perhaps you could nominate one person who could enquire on behalf of the family. As you appreciate, the hospital switchboard gets very busy and it would assist us greatly if people could avoid ringing in at peak times (breakfast, lunch and teatime).
Each ward has a direct dial telephone number which means you do not have to go through the switchboard. Please ask the nurse in charge for this number. They may also advise on the best time to call for an update each day (following the doctor's ward rounds for example).
Find a list of Ward phone numbers here.
Keeping in touch
Most of our inpatient wards have access to the Hospedia bedside communication system by each bed. This gives personal telephone and internet access as well as TV and radio. Patients can register and the number will go straight through to their bedside set so you can keep in touch by phone and leave messages. This is a service that you need to pay for and is charged at nationally set rates as it is a system that is in place across the NHS as part of a national contract. You will be advised of the costs per minute when the call is connected so please listen carefully. More information on Hospedia can be found on their website here.
Mobile phones can be used in the majority of areas within the Trust. In certain areas we ask that you restrict your use of mobile phones because of the risk of interference with sensitive medical equipment. In areas such as high dependency units, catheter labs, recovery areas and A&E Resus areas where the density of sensitive equipment is high the use of phones is restricted.
Please be aware that taking pictures, video or sound recordings of any person, patient, visitor or staff member is prohibited on all Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust premises without prior permission.
Mail is delivered to the wards each morning and we will try and ensure that any post gets to patients where possible. To ensure that patients receive any post promptly, please put the full name, ward number and the correct hospital address including the postcode on the envelope. We will do our best to ensure that any post reaches patients but please bear in mind that if post is delayed, it may arrive after they have been discharged.
Please see the How to find us section of this website for full information on travel, parking and public transport at the hospitals.
Visitors are able to use the hospital shuttle bus service that runs between The Nightingale Building (formerly known as Halton Hospital) (including a stop at The Captain Sir Tom Moore Building) and Warrington Hospital throughout the day, seven days a week, to get to visits. For further information on this service and a full timetable, see the hospital shuttle bus page of this site. Please check the travel times carefully and bear in mind that services around the peak visiting times can be busy.
Special arrangements are available for visitors to long-stay (over one week) or seriously ill patients. The parking at the hospitals pages have details of the parking concessions that are available to regular or long term patients and visitors.
The trust has a team of chaplains who visit the hospital wards regularly. They are available to give confidential spiritual care and support at times of need and distress. You do not have to be religious to receive a visit.
There is always a chaplain on-call, so if you want to see someone urgently, please ask the staff to contact one of the team. If you prefer, we can inform your own minister or faith leader for you.
Each hospital has a chapel and both are always open for prayer and quiet reflection. At Halton the chapel is on the upper floor by the entrance to ward B4. At Warrington it is situated on the ground floor of Burtonwood Wing, near wards B10 and B11. In this chapel there are washing facilities for Muslim prayer.
Holy Communion can always be brought to you at the bedside. However, there are also a number of services each week in the hospital chapels.
- Halton - Service of Prayer for Healing on Thursday at 11 am
- Warrington - Roman Catholic Mass on Saturday at 11 am
- Warrington - Holy Communion Service for all other denominations on Sunday at 10 am – this is also broadcast live on Radio General.
A team of trained helpers can bring you to these services in a wheelchair. All patients, family, friends and staff are warmly welcome to come along.