Changes at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT in order to maintain social distancing
16 June 2020

We have made some changes so that patients, staff and visitors are as safe as possible when they come on to one of our sites.

All visitors, staff and patients must wear a face mask or a face covering within public areas, indoors, across Trust sites. We will be providing NHS issue face masks at the main entrances of the hospital and clinics.

Please note, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 you and your household should isolate at home and follow PHE guidelines, wearing a face covering does not change this.

There are many points throughout the Trust sites where you can use hand sanitiser to keep your hands clean.

There is lots of new signage in the hospital with markers directing everyone maintain social distancing while queuing in the restaurant, the Amigos shop and Costa Coffee. General reminders about the need to remember social distancing are also located throughout the hospital.

There is a directional system along hospital corridors to help ensure all staff, visitors and patients maintain social distancing. There is also signage on chairs to ensure that there is adequate spacing between people to maintain government guidelines. 

The lifts around the hospital are now limited to only two visitors at any one time and the Trust is encouraging staff, visitors and patients to take the stairs wherever possible.

As well as installing new signage and providing face masks the Trust has increased its complement of cleaning staff, who are working hard doing more cleaning and deep cleans around the Trust sites.

Mike Veale, Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities at the Trust and who has been leading on social distancing in public areas, said “We are making every effort that we comply with government guidance and are committed to ensuring a safe environment for everyone while they are on our sites.

“We have lots of signage up giving clear instructions so that the changes we have made are as clear as possible for everyone to follow. We want our visitors, staff and patients to feel reassured that we are taking every precaution, so that if they need to come to the Trust they will be as safe as possible.”