Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice

Last updated: Friday 29th May, 5pm. All information accurate at this time.  

*Information in other languages can be found here.*

 

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR PATIENTS

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. The following changes will help us limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure that our staff are best placed to deal with the situation in the coming weeks. Your support for us is really important at this difficult time for everyone.

 

NO VISITING AT ROYAL BOLTON HOSPITAL

Visiting is suspended with immediate effect and until further notice.

The only exceptional circumstances where one visitor – an immediate family member or carer – will be permitted to visit are listed below:

• The patient you wish to visit is receiving end-of-life care.
• You are the birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour.
• You are a parent or appropriate adult visiting your child.

Please contact the ward or department in advance to discuss appropriate arrangements.

Your health, safety and wellbeing, that of our patients, communities and individuals and teams across the organisation remain our absolute priority.

Please find other ways of keeping in touch with your loved ones in hospital, like phone and video calls.

Everyone should follow the expert national guidance on social distancing and self-isolation, staying at home wherever possible, to help limit the spread of coronavirus, protect the most vulnerable people in our communities and our NHS.

 

OPERATIONS

All planned, non-urgent operations have been suspended until the end of May.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer treatments will be carrying on as normal.

All patients expecting to have scheduled surgery will be informed directly.

 

OUTPATIENT APPOINTMENTS, X-RAYS, SCANS AND OTHER CLINICS

Most routine outpatient activity, x-rays and scans are being postponed or rearranged.  Urgent appointments, x-rays and scans, and cancer clinics will continue.

Many clinics will also continue to take place, by telephone or video call. All patients will be informed directly of changes to their outpatient clinic or scans.

 

MATERNITY SERVICES 

Face to face antenatal appointments will be kept to a minimum until further notice.

Your midwife or doctor will call you to discuss your wellbeing before your scheduled appointment and where possible talk it through over the phone.

If you have a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or are self-isolating, please do not attend any appointments.

If you are well and the appointment is taking place in clinic, please attend on your own if possible and wash your hands before coming into.

Visit www.rcog.org.uk for the latest guidance.

For further advice call:

Hospital antenatal appointments Tel (01204) 390 028
Community appointments Tel (01204) 390 023
Maternity Triage appointments Tel (01204) 390 612
Maternity Scan appointments Tel (01204) 390 915

All antenatal classes, hypnobirthing classes and breastfeeding support groups have been cancelled until further notice.

Please see visiting information above – there is currently no visiting on the postnatal ward.

Ingleside Birth and Community Centre is currently closed for births, and it is not currently possible to have a home birth. More information can be found here.

 

AUDIOLOGY DEPARTMENT (ADULTS)

 

Until further notice all appointments at Royal Bolton Hospital, outreach clinics in the community and home visits have been cancelled. The repair service is closed to all non-essential activity.

The team we will do their best to continue to support our patients as best they can without face to face contact.

Contact details:

Telephone 01204 390435

Email audiology@boltonft.nhs.uk

Text messaging 07787 002308

There is now a dedicated NHS 111 service available 24 hours a day for deaf people who use BSL.

 

THE PARALLEL YOUNG PEOPLE’S HEALTH 

The Parallel currently remains open. Click here for information.

 

ORTHODONTIC SERVICES

We are very sorry that we are having to suspend current Orthodontic Services at the Royal Bolton Hospital due to the current COVID 19 emergency.

We are intending to resume the service but we are unsure when this will happen, and as such your appointment may be rescheduled.

The major consequence of this suspension is that the overall duration of your treatment will be extended. However, you can help to reduce the other risks by ensuring you maintain good brushing and minimise or eliminate all sugary snacks and fizzy drinks during your treatment.

We are recommending all patients stop wearing their elastics as a course however we accept that some patients fully understand the bite we are aiming for and if you feel confident you can continue to wear elastics during the night only. If there is any doubt it would be preferable to stop wearing elastics.

Unfortunately we are currently unable to remove appliances or replace loose/ lost brackets.

Please defer any planned orthodontic extractions until the service resumes.

If you are wearing retainers or removable appliances please continue.

If you have an emergency or need to contact the department please ring the broken brace phone line on 01204390520. We will triage your emergency by telephone but please note this phone is not always manned. We will aim to offer you advice over the phone if possible to minimise the number of patients attending the hospital and can post you other items such as wax as required.

Please do not attend the department if you have not been given a specific time or date. We will not be able to see you if you attend in this way. You will be putting yourself at risk, along with other members of the public and hospital staff. You will not be seen, and will be asked to return home.

 

GENERAL ADVICE AND INFORMATION

Advice is updated on a daily basis. For the most up to date please visit nhs.uk or www.gov.uk.

Please DO NOT attend any appointment if you have symptoms (a new, continuous cough OR a high temperature) or you are self-isolating with a family member.

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

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Visitor restrictions

To protect you and our staff during the current outbreak of Covid-19 we’ve put in place significant restrictions on hospital visitors.

Full details of these can be found on our website.

We would like to thank you for your understanding and helping us stop the spread of Covid-19.

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