Visiting us during COVID-19

Please read the following guidance on how you can prepare for your procedure.

We kindly ask that if you have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms you don’t attend your appointment but contact the hospital for further advice:


Measures being taken for everyone’s safety

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that across all areas of our lives we are having to do things differently. Our services have made changes to keep everyone as safe as possible and continue to care for those who need us most.

So that we can continue providing our own elective treatments, we have put a number of measures in place to ensure everyone’s safety.

These measures include:

 

Rigorous hand hygiene methods

Please ensure you follow social distancing rules, where appropriate

Virtual assessments to minimise hospital visits

COVID-19 screening before your procedure

Personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff

Pre-procedure information

All patients are screened for signs and symptoms of infection.

When you come to see us you may notice that some of our colleagues are wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks, aprons or gloves.

You will be asked about your COVID vaccination status in order for us to ensure you are cared for in the best way. In some departments social distancing will be reduced to pre-COVID distancing.

Handwashing is one of the most important ways for us all to reduce the spread of the virus. All colleagues and patients are required to practice good hand hygiene; we have regular hand wash stops, and guidance on how to wash your hands effectively is visible throughout our buildings.

Lateral flow testing

Some patients will be asked to undertake a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test before coming into hospital. If you are asked to undertake a LFD test you will need to order you LFD test in advance via the gov.uk website. You will be asked on the website to confirm you have a planned upcoming admission. You will need to order these in advance – a minimum of seven days in advance is recommended.

Proof of your LFD result will be asked for on admission:

You must inform the hospital if the test is positive and your procedure will be rescheduled.

Whilst in hospital

We will ask you to wear a clean surgical type mask when you arrive on the day of your procedure. We will provide a mask if you don’t have one. The mask must cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably.

We also ask you to: