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Visiting restrictions remain

Visiting restrictions remain at Wirral University Teaching Hospital Trust – Arrowe Park Hospital, Clatterbridge Hospital and the Wirral Women and Children’s Hospital

To maintain patient safety and reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19, stricter visiting restrictions will remain in place at Wirral University Teaching Hospital.

The restrictions are in place at all its sites including Arrowe Park Hospital, Clatterbridge Hospital as well as Wirral Women and Children’s Hospital and will remain in place until further notice. The restrictions have been agreed across the NHS in Cheshire and Merseyside.

As the risk of transmission of COVID-19 is still high, people are urged to remain cautious and follow national guidance on regularly cleaning hands, wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing.

Hazel Richards, Chief Nurse at Wirral University Teaching Hospital, said: “We realise it is a very difficult time for people who have loved ones in hospital, however it is extremely important that we keep our patients as safe as possible and that must be our top priority.

“The risk of spreading COVID-19 is still high and we must do all we can to protect patients and staff. Visiting will only be allowed in specific exceptional circumstances.

“People in the community have been extremely supportive while restrictions have been in place and I would like to thank everyone for their continued assistance in helping us to keep people safe.”

People are advised that there will be visiting allowed in the following exceptional circumstances:

  • A maximum of two visitors for patients at the end of their life.
  • One birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour.
  • One partner accompanying a woman to their 20 week antenatal scans. Risk assessments of environments should be undertaken.
  • One parent or appropriate adult visiting a child; this may include multiple parents although only one may be present at any time, this also includes Neonatal Services.
  • One carer who is supporting someone with a mental health issue such as dementia, a learning disability, autism, Down’s syndrome  or other similar complex conditions where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed.
  • In exceptional cases consideration will be given to individual requests following a comprehensive risk assessment.
  • A patient who is deteriorating, or the ward has contacted a family member to come to the hospital immediately.
  • Breaking bad news.

Before visiting in these exceptions circumstances any visitor should contact the clinical area to discuss appropriate arrangements.

Please note: All visitors will be required to wear a fluid repellent (surgical) face mask upon entry to the hospital, which will be made available upon arrival.


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