Current COVID-19 Information

Last updated 23 September 22

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 to change at short notice, in line with local conditions and advice available at the time.

Admitting patients

Patient vaccination status

Our preference is for all patients to be vaccinated, our sites will continue to provide a service to all patients regardless of their vaccination status.

COVID-19 testing

All patients (regardless of their vaccination status and reason for admission) will be risk assessed to determine the need for COVID-19 testing.

COVID-19 screening questions will be asked during the pre-admission call and on the day of admission. Consideration will be made where any COVID-19 risk factors are identified, which may lead to COVID-19 testing.

Where a COVID-19 result is positive, a discussion with your treating 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 for admission, please notify your treating Doctor as soon as possible. Your treating Doctor may recommend that your admission is rescheduled.

Patients who are close contacts

A hospital is classified as a high risk setting, close contacts are unable to attend for 7 days after exposure to COVID-19. Patients who need to access medical care, are required to contact the hospital prior to admissions as there may be additional requirements.

Maternity patients

Maternity patients and partner / support person – guidelines for maternity patients are available HERE.

Personal Protective Equipment

Staff and doctors will wear PPE at all times whilst in the hospital. Patients are required to wear a supplied mask whilst outside of their rooms and in communal areas.

Staying connected

Please note that some visitor restrictions are in place at this time.

More information is available below. We encourage you to keep in touch with your loved ones via phone and other digital platforms, our teams are on hand to assist.

Visitor Guidelines

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 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.

Maternity patients

In addition to your partner/ support person, you may have ONE other adult visitor between 2.00pm – 7.00pm and siblings are able to attend between 3.00pm - 4.30pm.

Maternity guidelines are available HERE.

Staying connected

We encourage you to keep in touch with your loved ones via phone and other digital platforms, our teams are on hand to assist.

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