Updated 09 April
A Personal Message to the Family and Friends of Residents at Forest Bank
We are living in unprecedented times. Covid-19 is the biggest threat this country has faced for decades and I know this is a very worrying time for many residents and their families, but I want to reassure you that we will get through this together.
I would like to thank all families for their patience and support at this time. We have had to make some difficult decisions around the prison regimes to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to protect both residents and staff. This regime will be in place for the foreseeable future, as we play our part in slowing down the spread of the virus and then eradicating it.
Visits are now temporarily suspended following instructions for people to stay at home, to protect our NHS and ultimately save lives. This was not a decision taken lightly, but knowing that contact with family and friends is hugely important, we are making sure that all our residents have enough money for phone calls and making the cost of phone calls cheaper until we can start visits again.
While we currently have no confirmed cased of COVID-19 in Forest Bank, we do have residents self-isolating as a precaution. Our amazing healthcare team continue to work alongside Public Health England to ensure we are taking the necessary steps to limit the impact of Covid-19 in our prisons and in the wider community.
I am immensely proud of all the staff at Forest Bank and the incredible work being done in supporting the health and wellbeing of all the men in our care.
Working alongside the NHS, emergency services and keyworkers across Greater Manchester, we remain strong and prepared in this challenging and rapidly changing situation.
If you have concerns about a loved one please call the Safer Custody Team on 0161 925 7000 ext 2183
Further government guidance is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-and-prisons?dm_i=2OYA,10S05,7A50WP,3VSJ0,1#history