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Welcome to East Cheshire NHS Trust

Macclesfield Hospital A&E

Macclesfield Hospital's A&E is exceptionally busy with unprecedented demands meaning long wait times. Please only come into A&E if absolutely necessary.

A&E should be used for major, life-threatening illnesses and injuries ONLY.

The public can help us manage the high demand we are seeing by ensuring they are seeking help from the most appropriate health services, using NHS 111 online for 24/7 advice about the most appropriate care for your needs and only attending A&E if seriously ill or injured to help us make sure those services are free for those that need them the most.

For illnesses that are less urgent, please use

The North West Ambulance Service has provided some useful information and guidance here on when to call 999 and alternatives to calling 999 for less serious medical issues.


Updated Visitor Information - January 2023

In our efforts to manage the increasing number of respiratory infections (in hospital and the community), we have taken the difficult decison to restrict the amount of visitors to our hospitals.

Unfortunately we can only accomodate one visitor for one hour per patient to allow us to reduce the number of people in the hospital at any given time.

If you wish to visit a patient, please contact the relavant ward and they will give you a time slot in which you can visit. If you don't have the ward number, please contact the switchboard by phoning 01625 421000.

When visiting, please ensure you continue to wear a face mask at all times for everyone's safety and please adhere to the hand washing instructions at the entrances to each ward.

Anyone showing any symptoms of COVID-19 or flu like symptoms should not visit. Many thanks for your ongoing understanding and cooperation.

We will continue to monitor the situation and update accordingly via our website and social media channels.

Face Masks

To ensure the safety of our patients and staff, face masks should continue to be worn in all clinical areas at East Cheshire NHS Trust. Please note, this includes all hospital corridors and the RVS Shop.

If you do not have your own, face masks will be provided upon entry. Please dispose of masks in the yellow clinical waste bins provided on leaving the premises. Please use the sanitiser to clean your hands before wearing your mask.

The mask must cover your mouth and nose and be worn at all times unless your clinician asks you to remove it.

Please see latest NHS guidelines about COVID-19, including symptoms, testing, vaccination and staying at home. 

Please visit for the latest government information about COVID-19


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Winter Wellbeing

Health and care services come under even greater pressure during the winter months. East Cheshire NHS Trust is committed to helping the people of East Cheshire and beyond to find the right NHS service for them. Click here to read more.

Care in the community

Our community teams provide patients with care at home and at community hubs enabling them to receive the right care at the right time by the right professionals.

Our hospitals

Macclesfield District General Hospital

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Congleton War Memorial Hospital

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Knutsford and District Community Hospital

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Clinical courses

East Cheshire NHS Trust's Learning and Development Team is a leading provider of clinical training.  To find out more about our courses click here


Pathway to Excellence

The pathway to excellence is an exciting programme which is recognised globally to enable nursing excellence. More information to follow.

Our Trust

We provide safe, effective and personal care to our patients. We are a community and acute trust serving a large population and our vision is to ensure our patients receive the best care in the right place.

We have over 2,500 staff who work across our community settings and our three hospital sites.

With the support of NHS England and NHS Improvement we are now offering video consultations to some of our patients. This forms part of our response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The decision to offer this type of appointment will be made by a medical professional depending on your individual care needs.

Video consultations are easy to use and are often more convenient – saving you time and money. NHS Attend Anywhere is a secure web-based platform for patients with pre-arranged video consultation appointments.

Click here to find out more

Our aim is to provide as much care out of hospital as possible, designing and improving services that build on work already happening in community and practice settings.  Consultant-led outpatient services and therapy services are provided in a range of community settings across our local footprint.

The Care Community staff ensure your voice is heard, which keeps you in control when decisions are made about your health and wellbeing.

Visit our Care Communities site

Although we try very hard to give you the very best service, unfortunately we may not always get it right and occasionally misunderstandings do occur. If this happens we would like to know.

It is your right to have your complaint investigated and to receive a prompt and full reply from the Chief Executive.

It may help to talk to somebody straight away if you are not happy or think that something is wrong. The quickest way to sort things out is to speak to the person in charge of the ward, clinic or service you are using at the time, or contact the Customer Care Service. They will provide a confidential listening service for patients and carers who wish to comment on any aspect of our service

Customer Care

At East Cheshire NHS Trust we are committed to providing the best quality integrated care to our patients. To achieve this aim we need highly motivated staff who are united by common values and behaviours.

We believe our workforce is our greatest asset and we actively support our staff to develop their capabilities to the full, with a variety of learning and development opportunities.


We’re creating a new electronic patient record that will bring huge benefits for the communities we serve and our staff.

The innovative Digital Clinical System (DCS) is a major joint project between East Cheshire NHS Trust and Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Find out more about our DCS