Covid-19

Find all the information and advice on Covid-19 including where to get help and how it affects your visit to hospital.

Information on Covid-19

Get all the NHS advice about COVID-19, including symptoms, testing, vaccination and self-isolation here.

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Get help from NHS 111 if:

  • you're worried about your symptoms
  • you're not sure what to do

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information

Guidance about COVID-19 is changing all the time.  Please also visit the NHS website and Government website for the latest national guidance.

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with symptoms have at least 1 of these.  About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. This is why everyone is advised to get tested regularly.

Click here to find out about the main symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if you or your child has them

Visiting our hospital during Covid-19

All our visiting information is on our visiting page along with other ways we can help you keep in touch, including virtual visits, e-cards and a drop off service for patient essentials.

You must not visit the hospital if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, whether you live with that person or not. If you are unsure, read the government guidance for more information.

Visitors no longer need to wear face masks in non-clinical areas i.e corridors and will be advised by clinical staff as to when to wear a fluid resistant surgical face mask.

If visitors choose to wear a face covering when entering the hospital site this does not require changing to a fluid resistant surgical face mask until they enter a clinical area that requires them to do so.

Maternity care

For the latest information and advice on maternity care during the pandemic go to our maternity Covid-19 page here

COVID-19 Medicine Delivery Unit (CMDU)

For more information on our Covid-19 Medicine Delivery Unit at Airedale Hospital click here.

Treatments for Covid-19 for people at high risk of becoming seriously ill

The NHS is offering new antibody and antiviral treatments to people with coronavirus (COVID-19) who are at highest risk of becoming seriously ill.

Two types of COVID-19 treatment are available:

  • Sotrovimab is a biological medicine. It is also known as a neutralising monoclonal antibody (nMAb).
  • Molnupiravir is an antiviral medicine.

These treatments can help some people manage their COVID-19 symptoms and reduce the risk of becoming seriously ill.

They are provided at special clinics held in Covid-19 Medicine Delivery Units (CMDUs), one of which is based at Airedale Hospital.

Information about who is eligible and full details about the treatments are available on the NHS.UK website

If you haven’t yet received a letter from the NHS, but think you are eligible you can ring NHS 111 or your GP.  You will need to have received a positive PCR test result (ie showing you have tested positive for Covid-19), not just a positive lateral flow test.

If you have been referred for treatment you will receive full details of the clinic time and date, and contact details.

Covid-19 vaccinations

Local clinics

Whether it is your 1st, 2nd or booster dose, all the latest details on the local vaccination clinics can be found online here >>> https://www.westyorkshire.icb.nhs.uk/covidvaccination

This page is updated daily and includes the latest guidance you need to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect our NHS.

National booking system

For the latest information on booking your Covid-19 vaccine go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/

Airedale Hospital vaccination centre

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust has a hospital vaccination centre which is located in Zone D at Airedale Hospital, Skipton Road, Steeton, Keighley, BD20 6TD.  The nearest entrance is the Zone D hospital entrance.  If travelling by car, turn left on entering the site from the main road and follow the Vaccination Centre signs. There is parking available outside.

We are currently offering:

  • Pfizer and Moderna vaccines
  • Ages 12+
  • Walk-ins and appointments
  • Also 5-11 years from 4.4.22 at 3pm – 6pm on Thurs, Fri and Sat (except any Friday Bank Holidays) – bookings via the national system.
  • 1st and 2nd doses
  • Boosters if 3+ months since 2nd dose for 16 years & over or if immunosuppressed and 12 years plus
  • Spring booster 6 months after previous dose if 75 years & over, care home resident, or if immunosuppressed and 12 years plus
  • Opening times: Thursday and Friday 9am to 12.30pm then 2pm to 6.30pm (*except Good Friday and any Friday Bank Holiday) and Saturday 9am to 12pm.
  • 5-11 year olds clinic from 4 April 2022 is 3pm – 6pm on Thurs, Fri and Sat. (except Good Friday and any Friday Bank Holiday)

A vaccine marshall outside the hospital vaccination centre showing the sign

Accessibility

Click here to read the Easy Read leaflet about your Covid booster.

For people with a hearing impairment – British Sign Language support is also now available via the SignVideo app, which is available to download and use, by selecting the NHS 119 button located within the SignDirectory available in the SignVideo app.

For people with a visual impairment – if you require information about the vaccination in an alternative accessible format please email anhsft.communications@nhs.net

For more information on our interpreting services click here.

Recovering after Covid-19

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

These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.

The NHS has created an information resource: Your COVID Recovery, to help you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery.

It has information on how Covid-19 can affect you, managing those effects, your wellbeing and your road to recovery.

Visit the ‘Your COVID Recovery’ website for more information www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk

Making donations

We are exceptionally grateful for all the support and kindness we have received from our community during the pandemic.

To find out more about our Airedale Hospital and Community Charity and how you can support us click here.

If you have a donation please direct or deliver it to our charity and communications team who will coordinate distribution to our staff and ensure proper thanks can be given. It is also important in controlling the spread of infection and we ask that you please do not donate directly to wards or departments. We do have an outside space where donations can be left without the need to enter the hospital building.

You can contact the team on 01535 294870 or email anhsft.charity@nhs.net

You can also donate through our ‘Care for Airedale’ fundraising campaign if you’d like to support us: www.justgiving.com/campaign/careforairedale

We will work with you to ensure our staff benefit from your kind donations.

Privacy notice update

This notice describes how we may use your information to protect you and others during the Covid-19 outbreak. It supplements our main Privacy Notice which is available here. The health and social care system is facing significant pressures due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Health and care information is essential to deliver care to individuals, to support health and social care services and to protect public health. In the current emergency it has become even more important to share health and care information across relevant organisations.

Updated privacy notice April 2020