Living with COVID-19

Living with COVID-19

To help us all live with COVID, we have steps in place so that when you come to us you are in as COVID safe an environment as possible.

Mask wearing outside of clinical settings, such as wards and departments, is now a personal choice for patients, staff and visitors. We support anyone whose personal choice it is to continue to wear a face mask in any setting.

Face masks are available at our sites and hand gel is provided at most entry/exit points to departments. Patients within any respiratory pathway or with any respiratory symptoms should be encouraged to wear a face mask if tolerated.

We ask that visitors continue to take sensible steps to keep everyone safe. Please do not visit if you are unwell – in particular with signs or symptoms of COVID-19, diarrhoea and vomiting or other infectious illnesses.

While You Wait

All of our services are currently running. However, many of our appointments, where appropriate, are being conducted over the phone or on a video call.

If you have had a procedure postponed or rescheduled due to the pandemic, our clinical teams are working hard with our partners to help people be seen as quickly as possible.

If you (or someone you care for) are waiting on delayed medical care, you are likely to have concerns and questions.

The While You Wait website offers further information and advice, along with handy resources to help you manage your physical and mental wellbeing.

This includes:

  • How to stay as fit and healthy as possible while you wait for your treatment
  • Where to find any extra support online
  • Where to find further information about approximate waiting times at different hospitals
  • What to do if your condition deteriorates

Find out more at

For the most up to date information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please visit the dedicated NHS Coronavirus page.