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 www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org which is monitored weekdays.
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 PALS.email@example.com
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.
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 https://airedale-phlebotomy.eventbrite.co.uk. Appointments 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 http://www.airedale-trust.nhs.uk/services/pathology-2/for-patients/blood-tests/ 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.
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