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Welcome to East Cheshire NHS Trust


Updated Visitor Information – 1st March 2022

We are pleased to announce that East Cheshire NHS Trust has reintroduced some patient visiting, in line with national guidance. This will be positive news for many patients and their relatives/friends and will take careful management to ensure continued safety. A ward-based appointment system is in place to ensure social distancing can be maintained and advanced booking is essential. Visiting will be limited to one person, per bed, per day via the booking method.

All visiting is with the agreement of the ward manager who has responsibility for overseeing safe practice on the ward. Visitors will be able to book appointments by speaking to the relevant ward directly or via switchboard on 01625 421000.

Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, and 10A at Macclesfield Hospital and Aston Ward at Congleton War Memorial Hospital will be able to receive visitors under the following strict guidelines: 

  • Visiting hours will be from 1pm to 6.45pm each day including weekends and bank holidays.
  • Each patient may have one named visitor each day.
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A maximum of two visitors in each ward bay at any one time.  
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​Visitors will be allocated a time slot of 45 minutes which allows for appropriate infection control to be undertaken and enables other patients to receive visitors.
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Visitors must practice good hand hygiene and wear a face covering or mask at all times.
  • Visitors must not attend if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Unfortunately children will not be permitted to visit the ward area.
  • Specific arrangements will be put in place directly with regards to visiting the Children’s Ward.

If your relative is on any other ward, please contact them through the ward phone number or switchboard on 01625 421000 to discuss this with the ward directly.

We would like to thank all staff, patients and relatives for their continued cooperation and understanding at this time.

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme – What You Need to Know

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Face masks

We want you to feel safe when you attend any of our hospital or community sites. Anyone visiting one of our hospitals, clinics or community facilities must wear a face mask. This is to help protect patients, staff and visitors and to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Please be advised that cotton face coverings must not be worn when entering clinical areas. Please could all staff, visitors and contractors wear the surgical masks provided on entering clinical and treatment areas unless exempt. Thank you for your cooperation.


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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Send your loved one a message

If you have a loved one in any of our wards and you would like to send them a message please click here (please be advised messages may not be delivered everyday due to staffing shortages).

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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.

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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.

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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 support the healthcare professionals whose job it is to treat and care for the people in our community, from expectant mums and babies right through to our oldest residents.

Whether it’s providing equipment to improve diagnostics or funding the most up-to-date equipment, we’re here to support the finest quality healthcare and health awareness – and we’re doing it with your help.

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