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Temporary visiting restrictions due to COVID-19

We recently made the difficult decision to suspend visiting to our hospital until further notice except in the below exceptional circumstances, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Read more information about restrictions…


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…

Temporary visiting restrictions due to COVID-19

We recently made the difficult decision to suspend visiting to our hospital until further notice except in the below exceptional circumstances, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Read more information about restrictions…


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.

News

Information for the public on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Date: 26 February 2020

Stay at home

On 10 May 2020, the Government announced plans to begin lifting measures, introduced in response to coronavirus, in a way that is safe and continues to protect the NHS.

Guidelines have been published on staying safe outside your home, as well as important information on how to follow social distancing rules.

A full list of frequently asked questions about what you can and can't do under the new measures can be found here.

Washing your hands often using soap and water remains important in reducing the spread of Covid-19.

 

Face coverings and face masks

From Monday 15 June, anyone using public transport will be required to wear a face covering, as well as all visitors/outpatients while in the hospital setting. Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 3 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly.

You can find more information on making a face covering here.

Also from Monday 15 June, all staff in hospitals in England must wear face masks unless they are working in a Covid secure area. More information on this is being shared with staff directly.

 

What to do if you have symptoms

Current guidance from NHS England around coronavirus is as follows:

  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
  • If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

By staying at home you are helping to greatly reduce the overall amount of infection you and your household could pass onto others.

For more information on self-isolating, please follow this link.

The symptoms you need to be aware of are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If you have coronavirus symptoms:

  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
  • Only call 111 if you cannot get help online

 

Hand hygiene remains incredibly important and everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

More information can be found on the NHS website here

 

(Updated 12 June 2020)

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