Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

Read more on visiting times...


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

Read more on visiting times...


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

During your stay in hospital you will meet a number of different members of staff.  All members of staff wear name badges, but if you are not sure who someone is or what they do, please feel free to ask them to introduce themselves and explain what they do. 

If you have any questions about your treatment, please ask a doctor or a nurse.

There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved with the Trust, from volunteering to attending our public meetings, our Annual General Meeting or our hospital open day which is held every year.

COVID-19 Virus Guidance for renal patients

Last updated: 07 December 2020

Update regarding COVID-19 vaccination - 7 December 2020:

The COVID-19 vaccination programme is now commencing.

The Government has set the priority list that we have to follow which starts with care home residents. The vaccination IS recommended for patients with Renal conditions including those on dialysis and those with a transplant.

You will be contacted either by the renal unit OR your GP when we have the vaccine available for you. Please do not contact the renal unit to request the vaccine, you will be contacted when it is available for you (as above). 

For further useful information please have a look at the Kidney Care UK Website:

https://www.kidneycareuk.org/news-and-campaigns/coronavirus-advice/#research

 


Guidance for the extremely vulnerable is available via the link below:

gov.uk - Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

Extremely vulnerable renal patients include:

  • All kidney transplant recipients
  • All patients receiving dialysis
  • Patients who are receiving significant levels of immunosuppression, for autoimmune disease
  • Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease patients

Shielding has now been relaxed but maintaining safety and ensuring you receive the best possible care remains our priority. In some circumstances it will be essential for people to attend the hospital even for some routine appointments. We are however continuing to observe social distancing and want to limit the number of individuals attending outpatient clinics. If asked to attend in person, please attend alone unless you require assistance.

What to do about your outpatient appointment:

A number of clinic appointments will continue to be via phone consultation, but your consultant may deem it essential to see you in person. Additionally we are now running video clinics with NHS Attend Anywhere. You will receive a letter stating which type of consultation your consultant has selected for you.

What to do about blood tests:

In patients with renal conditions blood tests remain an essential part of your care and having these results in advance of your appointment will allow your consultant to discuss them with you.

The recommendation is that blood tests are done either at your local GP surgery or hospital. Currently we are NOT providing routine blood tests in the renal unit with only emergency blood tests being taken.

The socially distanced blood taking clinic specifically for renal patients at Fareham Community Hospital will continue. At this clinic you can also have a urine test and blood pressure check if required. This is a quiet hospital with plenty of parking and the ability for you to remain socially distanced whilst attending. We are unable to provide transport to this clinic so you will need to be able to self transport or have someone to take you in order to attend.

This clinic will run with booking only to minimise patient contact. We will NOT accept any walk in patients without booking.

To book a blood test appointment at Fareham please call the following number:

02392 286346

Can my relatives visit when I am in hospital?

Relatives are now allowed to visit you whilst in hospital but to reduce the risk to patients on the ward, restrictions remain in place. Visitors must book an agreed time with the ward, will be allowed to visit for 1 hour only and will be limited to one per patient. Visitors must wear masks for their entire visit. No visitors will be allowed to the acute transplant ward.

What about my operation?

All surgery and day case procedures within the renal unit are now running as normal. You will receive details in advance of any surgery, including the requirement for isolation prior to your operation/procedure and the need to have a COVID swab.

Renal Transplantation

The renal unit had to take the very difficult decision to suspend renal transplantation for a period of time during the COVID pandemic in line with the rest of the country. Following adaption of one of the renal wards we have now resumed transplantation. Reactivation on the transplant waiting list is happening in a phased manner depending on specific criteria. You will be contacted directly by the transplant team regarding this if relevant to you.

What if I am unwell?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 please do not attend the hospital unless specifically asked to by the clinical team. We advise that you call 111. If you are a renal dialysis patient or have received a renal transplant in the last 12 months please also call the renal on call team. Do not attend for your dialysis session if you have any COVID symptoms until you have spoken to the clinical team.

02392 286000 (switchboard) - request the on call renal team

If you are unwell for any other reason and feel you need to be seen by the renal team for a face-to-face visit, please contact us:

  • During daytime: 02392 286000 Ext 1000, 1001, 1012 and 1004 (secretarial team).
  • Out of hours (emergencies): 02392 286000 (switchboard) - request the on call renal team.

 

Further information can be found on the Kidney Care UK and NHS websites:

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