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.

Recovering from Covid

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 www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk   

Visiting 

We review our visiting arrangements regularly alongside the national guidance and advice and local infection rates.  For the latest information on visiting and other services we have put in place to support patients in hospital click here.

Maternity Care

For the latest on our maternity services during Covid-19 click here.

Covid vaccinations

You can access our vaccination centre through the zone D hospital entrance. Turn left at the top of the drive and follow the vaccination centre signs. There is parking available outside.

The latest information on Covid-19 vaccinations on the government website is here.

Our latest FAQs for patients is here:

FAQs for patients 19.3.21

Information on how to protect yourself and others following your first vaccination is here: http://www.airedale-trust.nhs.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/NHS-after-your-first-vaccine-guidance.pdf

13.9.21 Information: third dose recommended for severely immunosuppressed

The JCVI has recommended that people who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second Covid-19 vaccination should be offered a third dose. This is an extra ‘top-up’ dose in response to evidence showing that they may not have responded as well to the vaccine as others and will therefore have lower levels of protection against Covid-19. It includes people with leukaemia and advanced HIV and people who have had recent organ transplants.

Consultants have been asked to identify eligible patients and recommend when the best time would be for them to have their third dose. Patients will be contacted either by their consultant or GP to arrange their vaccination, starting from mid-September.

FAQ

Why are some people being offered a third dose of the vaccine?

The JCVI has recommended that people who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second Covid-19 vaccination should be offered a third dose. This is an extra ‘top-up’ dose in response to evidence showing that they may not have responded as well to the vaccine as others and will therefore have lower levels of protection against Covid-19. It includes people with leukaemia and advanced HIV and people who have had recent organ transplants.

When will people who are severely immunosuppressed be offered their third dose?

Consultants have been asked to identify eligible patients and recommend when the best time would be for them to have their third dose. Patients will be contacted either by their consultant or GP to arrange their vaccination, starting from mid-September.

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.

NHS information on the AstraZeneca vaccine:

Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine