As of Tuesday May 3, inpatients at the Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) sites can now accommodate two visitors instead of just one.
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WWL Chief Nursing Officer Rabina Tindale said: ‘We would like to thank the public and our community for supporting us and continuing to adhere to guidelines as we begin to increase the number of visitors to our hospitals.
“Being able to visit loved ones during their stay in hospital is essential to the well-being of the patient and those who care for them and we are pleased to now be able to welcome more than one visitor at a time for each patient. . . .”
Traditional visiting hours have been replaced with designated hours for visitors.
All patients are entitled to one visit per day and are assigned a specific time slot.
Social distancing and wearing a mask must also be respected.
Ms Tindale said: “We must ask that when visiting people remain vigilant by following our current visiting policies.
“Please only visit loved ones if you feel well and have no traditional symptoms of Covid-19.
“We also urge visitors to continue to wear a mask while in a hospital or service site, to use cleansing gels when entering and exiting buildings, and to practice good hand hygiene.
“The health, safety and well-being of the public, our patients, communities and staff across the organization remain our top priority.”
The most recent figures from NHS England show WWL was caring for 47 patients with symptoms of Covid-19 in the last week of April, up from 59 the previous week.
And the number of beds in Wigan hospitals occupied by people who tested positive for Covid-19 has fallen by 30% in four weeks. At the start of the month, there were 67.
The number of Covid patients in hospital nationwide fell by 27% in April, while the number of mechanical ventilators fell by 15%.
Figures also show that 52 new Covid patients were admitted to Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust Hospital in the week to April 24. That figure was down from 70 in the previous seven days.
As for deaths, this same week at the end of April saw 12 recorded deaths in which the strain of coronavirus was listed as present but not necessarily the direct cause.
The latest figures available show that 1,257 residents of the Borough of Wigan had died with Covid by April 27.
They were among 24,329 deaths recorded in the North West since the declaration of the pandemic. And a total of 151,680 deaths had been recorded across England by that date.
Local figures include anyone who died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 and whose usual residence was in Wigan.
Information on updated visiting advice can be found at www.wwl.nhs.uk.