Living with COVID-19

Living with COVID-19

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

All staff and visitors may continue to use face masks in non-clinical settings, however this will no longer be mandated but face masks will continue to be required in all clinical settings.

Mask wearing outside of the clinical setting is now a personal choice for patients, staff and visitors. We continue to support anyone whose personal choice it is to continue to wear a face mask in any setting, and sets a clear expectation of respect for this personal choice.

Face masks will continue to be available for anyone who wishes to use them outside of the clinical setting. Patients within any respiratory pathway or with any respiratory symptoms should be encouraged to wear a face mask if tolerated.

 

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.

On our sites:

  • All staff, patients and visitors may continue to use face masks in non-clinical settings, however this will no longer be mandated but face masks will continue to be required in all clinical settings.
  • Social distancing will be maintained where possible
  • Hand gel is provided at most entry/exits and in all department
  • Our frontline staff are all encouraged to test themselves for COVID twice weekly and do a short health check in at the start of each shift

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 whileyouwait.org.uk

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