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.
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.
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
For more information about these services, please click on the following link:
24 April 2020: domestic abuse campaign
Measures to tackle coronavirus have drastically altered people’s day-to-day lives. While it is essential that the vast majority of people do stay home in order to protect the NHS and save lives, the government acknowledges that the order to stay at home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any situation, no matter what stresses people are under. There is no excuse for domestic abuse.
The Home Office has worked with a number of key partners and charities to launch a new national campaign to raise awareness that there is still support available for victims of domestic abuse. If you or anyone you know needs support, visit gov.uk/domestic-abuse
Safe Lives have produced a guide for victims and survivors of domestic abuse, on staying safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.
25 March 2020: all visiting suspended
Unfortunately we have now had to make the decision to suspend all visiting to the hospital. This is so that we can help to protect everyone.
The only exceptions are:
For those receiving end of life care
A birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour
An adult accompanying their child in paediatrics or the neonatal unit (must be immediate family or a carer)
For patients with learning disabilities one family member or carer can accompany them following discussion with the ward