Current COVID-19 Information
Last updated 21 October 2022
The safety and wellbeing of our patients, staff and doctors is always our highest priority.
Please find a summary of our current COVID-19 safety measures, including patient admission requirements and our latest visiting guidelines.
It is important to note that these guidelines are subject tochange at short notice, in line with local conditions and advice available atthe time.
Patient vaccination status
Our preference is for all patients to be vaccinated, however oursites will continue to provide a service to all patients regardless of theirvaccination status.
All patients (regardless of their vaccination status and reasonfor admission) will be risk assessed to determine the need for COVID-19testing.
COVID-19 screening questions will be asked during thepre-admission call and on the day of admission. Consideration will be madewhere any COVID-19 risk factors are identified, which may lead to COVID-19testing.
Where a COVID-19 result is positive, a discussion with yourtreating Doctor will occur to determine next steps.
Patients who have recovered from COVID-19
If you have recently recovered from COVID-19 and are due foradmission, please notify your treating Doctor as soon as possible. Yourtreating Doctor may recommend that your admission is rescheduled.
Patients who are close contacts
A hospital is classified as a high risk setting, close contactsare unable to attend for 7 days after exposure to COVID-19. Patients who needto access medical care, are required to contact the hospital prior toadmissions as there may be additional requirements.
Personal Protective Equipment
Staff and doctors will wear PPE at all times whilst in thehospital. Patients are required to wear a supplied mask whilst outside of theirrooms and in communal areas.
Please note that some visitor restrictions are in place at thistime.
More information is available below. We encourage you to keep intouch with your loved ones via phone and other digital platforms, our teams areon hand to assist.
It is important to note that these guidelines are subject to change at short notice, in line with local conditions and advice available at the time.
The following general visitor restrictions apply:
- A visitor must wear a supplied mask for the duration of their visit (children under 12 are not required to wear a mask)
- A visitor must attend hand hygiene and maintain social distancing whilst within the hospital
- A visitor must not visit if they:
- Are COVID-19 positive
- Are feeling unwell
- Are a close, classroom or household contact of someone who is ill (for 7 days from date of exposure)
- Are waiting for a COVID-19 test result
Specialty areas including Critical Care have unique visiting guidelines. Arrangements to visit patients in this area are made in consultation with staff.
Requests for visitors outside of these guidelines for compassionate reasons (for example, end of life visits) will be considered on a case by case basis.
We encourage you to keep in touch with your loved ones via phone and other digital platforms, our teams are on hand to assist.