Coronavirus information

Guidance about COVID-19 is changing all the time. We will keep these pages as up to date as we can with our local information.

Please also refer to the NHS website and Gov website for national guidance.

We can all help control the virus if we stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible

  • work from home if you can

  • limit contact with other people

  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)

  • wash your hands regularly

If you or anyone in your household has symptoms do not leave home – even to go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you have symptoms, please use NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call 111.

If you are unwell or need medical assistance with an urgent but non-coronavirus related issue, the NHS is still here to help. You can still contact your GP over the phone, use 111 online or call 111. If you are told to go to hospital, you must go – we’ll give you the care you need.

If you find yourself or a loved one recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind.

‘Your COVID Recovery’ helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your or your loved one’s recovery.

Visit the ‘Your COVID Recovery’ website for more information   

19 March

Our latest FAQs for patients is here:

FAQs for patients 19.3.21

Latest information on the AstraZeneca vaccine:

Reviews confirm that Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine does not cause blood clots

Rigorous reviews from both the UK and European independent regulators into the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine has confirmed that it does not increase the risk of people developing blood clots.

Separate reviews were carried out by Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) following reports of blood clots in a small number of people who had recently had the vaccine. However, both agencies, along with the World Health Organisation, had stressed from the outset that there was no evidence to suggest the blood clots have been caused by the vaccine and that it was safe to continue using it while the reviews were carried out.

Their findings reflected those of AstraZeneca’s own review of data from more than 17 million people vaccinated in the UK and European Union. This showed that there had been 37 reports of blood clots, which is fewer than would be expected to occur naturally in this number of people. The MHRA review also looked at data for the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine and confirmed there was no link to either vaccine causing  blood clots.

Over 21 million people in England have now been vaccinated, with latest research showing that the vaccines are extremely effective at preventing serious illness and death from Covid-19.

The vaccines are the only protection available against the serious illness caused by Covid-19, which has sadly led to the death of millions of people around the world. People will continue to be at risk from the disease if they do not take up the offer of a vaccine so it is very important to have yours when you are invited.

16 March 2021

NHS information on the AstraZeneca vaccine:

Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine

6 January 2021: Covid-19 vaccine update

Our latest update is here:

16 December: Covid-19 vaccine update

Our latest update is here:

9 December: Covid-19 vaccine

Now that we have the first vaccine that has been rigorously tested and confirmed as safe and highly effective, the NHS is starting to offer vaccines to those who are at most risk from Covid-19.

We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but you will be invited for a vaccine when it’s your turn so you do not need to contact your practice or the NHS.

Read more about the vaccine here.

13 November

What do the new lockdown rules mean for maternity care at Airedale?

Maternity care is still essential during the COVID-19 pandemic and services are still running.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, all hospitals are trying to reduce the number of people coming in to hospital or for appointments. This will help limit the spread of the virus and take the pressure off NHS services, including maternity services.

This means that there will be some changes and it is completely understandable to feel a bit anxious about this. But be assured that, as always, maternity services will continue to provide essential care.

We know how important this time is for you and we want to do our best to make your experience special, while keeping patients safe.

We will continue to

  • run a 24 hour service and are here for you with any concerns during pregnancy and the postnatal period – you can contact us in the usual way – for non-urgent queries contact your community midwife, for urgent queries contact the Maternity Assessment Centre: Monday-Friday 0800-1900 – 01535 292410 / 01535 292120; or Labour Ward: (24 hours) – 01535 292401 / 01535 292402

  • provide face to face appointments where they are necessary and will continue to provide some telephone consultations where this will not compromise your care

  • support partners accompanying women in labour  – partners can attend with women when they attend labour ward.  Initial assessments may be undertaken on the Maternity Assessment Centre, unfortunately partners can not accompany women there due to limitations of space.

  • support partners accompanying women at caesarean section – partners can attend with women when they are admitted for their planned caesarean and will stay with them until after the baby is born

  • support partners to stay with mum and baby on labour ward after birth for a few hours, wherever this can be facilitated safely

  • support birth partners accompanying women being induced as soon as care can be facilitated in a side room

  • support 1 hour visiting slots for birth partners whilst women are in the induction of labour bay or on the postnatal ward

  • support partners at dating scans

  • For other scans, we are working hard to make changes so our environment is safe for you, your partner or support and our staff. We understand how important this is to you and we’ll keep you updated on our progress

Should you have any queries about your ongoing care please speak to your midwife or obstetrician.

We also have a dedicated Maternity Covid telephone line – 01535 294212 which is monitored Monday – Friday 0900-1600 and a Covid e-mail account – which is monitored weekdays.

27 October

Suspension of non-urgent operations for two weeks 27 October 2020

We are seeing increasing demand on the hospital which is in turn meaning that our inpatient beds are at capacity.  As a result, and as per our escalation plans, we have taken the decision to postpone any elective surgery that needs an overnight stay. This comes into effect immediately, for the next two weeks.

Urgent and emergency cases and cancer surgery will be carrying on as normal.  Our day case activity will also continue for now, with our teams ensuring we’re working on the basis of clinical priority.

We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried, and each speciality will be contacting anyone who is affected.

This is not a decision we take lightly, but is necessary to ensure that we can continue to care for the patients who need us most.

If you have any questions, please contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 01535 294019 or 294015, or email

18 September

From Monday 21 Sept our phlebotomy (blood testing) service at Skipton Hospital is moving. It’s moving from the main building to the Day Hospital building on the same site. There will be more space, a larger waiting room for social distancing and more staff so we can do more tests.

The new location can be accessed on foot from the main building and signage will be in place to redirect patients from Main Reception to the correct location. Alternatively there is a small car park which also has two designated Blue Badge parking bays directly outside the Day Hospital which has its own access road. This is particularly important for patients with mobility difficulties as there is a climb and a series of steps when accessing from the lower car park.

25 August

Changes to the way you access blood tests

As we restart some of our services and to keep everyone safe as patient numbers increase, changes are being made to the way patients access blood tests at Airedale Hospital, Keighley Health Centre and Skipton General Hospital.

We are putting in place the following:

  • We are introducing an online appointment system at Keighley Health Centre from 1 September via will be released the week before each clinic

  • Drop in clinics will continue at Airedale Hospital and Skipton Hospital and we are planning to extend the hours of service

  • We are increasing the waiting area size and number of clinic rooms available at Skipton Hospital

Visit for the latest details.

Supporting relatives and carers

We have set up a range of services to support relatives, carers and families during this difficult time. We recognise that it is not easy being apart from your loved one when they are unwell. We hope the services we have set up will make your loved one’s stay in hospital more comfortable and provide you with peace of mind.

These include:

  • Virtual Visiting – having a visit with your loved one via a secure online link

  • Pick up/ drop off service for patient belongings

  • Sending Hugs Service

  • Care Parcels

For more information about these services, please click on the following link:

COVID-19 patient information