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Monday 27 September 2021
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Wuhan Coronavirus

Covid-19 – Important Information for Your Safety    

Safe, Secure – Here for you

Thank you for observing our strict safety measures when attending our hospitals

Visiting is suspended throughout the organisation with immediate effect and until further notice to keep our patients, visitors and staff safe. This applies to all our hospitals, Salford Royal, The Royal Oldham, Fairfield Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary.

Covid-19 Vaccine - click here

Using a Face Mask                                                              Face Mask icon

All patients and visitors must wear a mask when within a building/enclosed space across our sites. You will be given a mask when you arrive for your appointment or treatment, please ensure that you follow these guidelines:


  • Wear your mask at all times unless told otherwise by a member of staff
  • Use the mask properly - ensure it covers your nose and mouth. Do not allow to dangle around your neck.
  • Wash your hands before putting your mask on and taking it off
  • Ask a member of staff for a new mask if yours becomes soiled/very damp
  • Dispose of your mask each day, you will be given a new one when you need it by a member of staff if you are with us for more than one day
  • Wear your mask when you are in areas of the building where you will come into contact with other people
  • If you have to remove your mask for any reason, fold it in on itself and place in your pocket/bag to be re-used
  • Continue to observe social distancing, keeping at least 2 metres from other people

Exemptions around wearing a Face Mask - click here

For further guidance on the use of a Face Mask on our sites - click here.

Attending A&E                                                                            A&E icon - Covid-19                              

Only one relative or household member can accompany you in the A&E department in any of the circumstances below:

  • They are with a patient receiving end of life care
  • They are a parent / responsible adult visiting a child
  • They are supporting a patient with mental health or learning disabilities
  • They are a birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour

Please register with A&E reception and remain there until you are seen by a clinician.

Attending outpatient appointment or for surgery?                Outpatient icon - Covid-19 

  • Please use the main hospital entrance for all appointments. Do not use separate staff entrances
  • You must have your patient appointment letter and form of ID with you at all times
  • You will not be able to bring anyone else into your appointment with you, unless you require a carer


Visiting a Patient                                                                   Visiting a patient icon - Covid-19

Read the latest guidance for visiting patients at our hospital sites.




Watch for COVID-19 symptoms                                          Covid symptoms icon


 Please DO NOT enter the hospital:

  • If you are self- isolating at home with symptoms of COVID-19
  • If you have been positively tested for COVID-19 in the last 5 days
  • If you are awaiting for test results for COVID-19
  • If you have any of the following symptoms below not linked to your condition


Most common symptoms:

  • fever
  • dry cough
  • tiredness


Less common symptoms:

  • aches and pains.
  • sore throat.
  • diarrhoea.
  • conjunctivitis.
  • headache.
  • loss of taste or smell.
  • a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes


Do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you think you might have Coronavirus. Please stay at home.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service if you have any of the symptoms by visiting www.nhs.uk



Stopping the spread – help us, help you                             Social distancing icon


Please Observe Social Distancing

  • Please observe social distancing, giving at least 2 meters between other people
  • Please refrain from moving around the hospital unnecessarily
  • Please remain in the waiting room or department at all times until instructed by a member of staff
  • Please follow the instructions given by staff and on signage during your visit/stay in hospital




Handwashing icon



Please observe our infection prevention and control guidance  


  • Please use hand sanitiser provided and wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Please cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Please use facial covering where possible




Coronavirus public advice in different formats



It’s important that we can all join together and play our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19. To support this, information is available in a range of formats and languages.

A few examples of this are below:

  • Doctors of the World and the British Red Cross have versions of the Government’s written advice in many languages. Videos in languages other than English are also available.
  • It can be difficult to explain the current situation to children, many of whom are frightened and confused. Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler has illustrated a free digital book (pdf) about coronavirus for primary school age children
  • Young Minds has produced 10 top tips on talking to children & young people about Coronavirus
  • For people living with a learning disability, autism or ADHD, information about coronavirus and advice on staying safe and well are available from the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.


PHE Translated Resources 



To help reach communities where English is not the first language, we have developed new translated materials in a variety of languages. These materials can help members of the public understand current guidance, outlined by HM Government: