Current COVID-19 Information

Last updated 16 May 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 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, however at this stage 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 patient who is a close contact or classroom contact is unable to attend a hospital (high risk location) for 14 days from date of exposure.

Paediatric patients - accompanying parent / carer

All paediatric patients (aged under 18 years) will be required to have a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on admission. One vaccinated parent / carer may accompany a paediatric patient, the parent / carer must also have a negative RAT on admission.

In the event that a parent / carer of a paediatric patient is not vaccinated (and an alternate vaccinated adult cannot be arranged), the treating Doctor will need to apply for specific approval prior to admission.

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 there are visitor restrictions 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:

  • Patients can have one vaccinated visitor at a time
  • A visitor will be required to check in and provide vaccination evidence prior to entry
  • A visitor who is a close contact or classroom contact is unable to attend a hospital (high risk location) for 14 days from date of exposure
  • A visitor must not be waiting a COVID-19 test result
  • A visitor must wear a mask (supplied) for the duration of their visit
  • A visitor must attend hand hygiene and maintain social distancing whilst within the hospital

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 will be considered on a case by case basis.

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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