Visiting the Hospice - East Cheshire Hospice

Visiting the Hospice

Visiting Guidance is always under review to ensure we are doing all we can to keep our patients and staff safe. Please ensure you are aware of the current process in place before you come to visit a patient.

You can call the nurse in charge on 01625 610364 before your visit if you need more information.


From the 19th of April 2022:


For the patients who are admitted for Symptom Management / Assessment:

  • Visiting days will be 7 days a week, Monday-Sunday between the hours of 11am-8pm
  • The patient can have a maximum 2 visitors at the bed side at any one time; no pre-booking is required


For patients who are nearing the end of their life:

  • Visiting will be at the discretion of the nurse in charge.

All visitors should continue to always wear surgical IIR face masks to protect their loved ones.

If you choose not to wear a mask then you must show evidence of a negative lateral flow test (LFT) prior to coming on to the IPU. If you choose this option, they must do their LFT on the morning of their first visit and then twice weekly for subsequent visits.

If the visitor is symptomatic of Covid-19 they must be advised not to visit the IPU for at least 5 days.

If your loved one is receiving end of life care and the visitor is symptomatic and/or has tested positive for Covid-19 then they may be allowed onto the IPU at the discretion of the nurse in charge but must wear full PPE.

If you are symptomatic of Covid-19 we do advise not to visit the IPU for at least 5 days.

Please note that whilst we are doing our very best to maintain a COVID-safe environment here at the Hospice, we cannot guarantee 100% safety whilst allowing visitors into the building and that you need to consider the potential risk you are taking yourself.

Please be aware visiting regulations may be subject to change at very short notice.

Thank you for your understanding during this time.

Claire Barber

IPU Ward Manager



Putting on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Use safe work practices to protect yourself and limit the spread of infection

  • Keep hands away from face and PPE being worn.
  • Change gloves when torn or heavily contaminated.
  • Limit surfaces touched in the patient environment.
  • Regularly perform hand hygiene.
  • Always clean hands after removing gloves.

The order for putting on PPE is Apron, Surgical Mask, Eye Protection (where required) and Gloves.

Please don’t be anxious! We are aware this is a very new process for you. A member of staff will be available to guide you through the process.

Please perform hand hygiene before putting on PPE. The order for putting on PPE is Apron or Gown, Surgical Mask, Eye Protection (where required) and Gloves. NB – You may not be required to wear all PPE

Removing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The order for removing PPE is Gloves, Apron or Gown, Eye Protection, Surgical Mask.

Please note:

  • You must perform hand hygiene immediately on removal.
  • All PPE should be removed before leaving the area and disposed of as healthcare waste.