Publish date: 22 June 2022

The Trust guidance regarding isolation periods for patient admissions has now been reduced. From tomorrow, Thursday, 23 June 2022 patients will only require isolation until result of day 1 PCR has been returned and is negative. Testing at day 3 and days 5 to 7 will continue but without the need for continued isolation (unless any test result is positive). Please find a link to the updated SOP.

Visiting can return to pre COVID arrangements

This means that:

  • There will be no limit to the number of visitors patients can receive from an infection prevention and control (IPC) perspective. However, at Longmoor House this will be limited to two people at the patient’s bedside
  • There will be no requirement to use booking in systems that were introduced specifically during the COVID pandemic
  • There will be no requirement for patients to wear masks, or safe distance, unless advised by the IPC team (for example, if the patient has an infection risk). However, good hand hygiene should be encouraged prior to and after the visit.

Visitors will not routinely need to wear face masks unless:

  • They are visiting a patient who is vulnerable and at higher risk of infection 
  • They’ve been risk assessed or advised by the IPC team (for example, if the patient has an infection risk)
  • It’s personal choice or need, including if they are vulnerable and at higher risk of severe infection. Masks will be available in all Trust sites for visitor’s use.

Visits should continue to take place in designated visiting rooms as per pre COVID. Visiting a ward that is in outbreak measures will be by exception and must be discussed with the IPC team prior to taking place.

If you have any questions, please email: or for Mid Mersey colleagues: