The Trust has made some important decisions which will reduce the number of people attending our hospitals and community services in person.
These measures are in addition to the Government rules which say that everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
Patient visiting suspended
If you are unwell, have a temperature or a new, persistent cough, you must not visit the hospital.
Visits from all friends and relatives of patients are currently suspended on all our hospital sites, except in the following circumstances:
- A parent or guardian visiting their child
- A parent or guardian accompanying a child to any clinically necessary consultations that may still be taking place
- Birthing partners - during labour/birth only (no visitors allowed on the postnatal or antenatal wards or during appointments)
- Visitors to patients in a critical condition who may be at the end of their life ‐ in these difficult and upsetting circumstances, the ward will contact the patient’s next of kin and we will try our best to accommodate them wherever possible
- Advocates/visitors who are required to make decisions on behalf of patients who do not have the capacity to make decisions for themselves
On arrival to any ward or department, any of the acceptable visitors stated above should immediately wash their hands and report to a senior sister or charge nurse. Visitors must also wash their hands or use the hand gel when they leave wards
We appreciate your ongoing support with this difficult decision that will help us to better protect staff, visitors and patients from infection.
Unless we have contacted you to cancel or rearrange your appointment, please attend as planned.
You must not attend your appointment if you should be self-isolating because you, or somebody close to you, has, or has had, symptoms.
Offers and donations for NHS workers
We're grateful for your consideration at this time. In order to ensure that your kind offer gets to our 22,000 staff, please contact Antony Cobley.
Bereavement information for friends and family
We have prepared some practical information to help you if you've lost somebody.
We're looking for doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, healthcare support workers, facilities staff and administration staff to join our team and help us in the fight against coronavirus.