Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information
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.
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.
Find out more information on our Covid-19 Medicine Delivery Unit at Airedale Hospital.
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.
The Vaccination Centre at Airedale Hospital reopens on 20 April 2023. The vaccine centre is at location D7 at Airedale Hospital.
The nearest hospital entrance is the zone D entrance and the nearest car park is the P3 car park. There are some 20 minute drop off points outside the zone D entrance (day hospital) and disabled spaces at the entrance and in the P3 carpark.
The spring COVID jab is being offered to those aged 75 and over, people aged 5 and over who have a weakened immune system and older adult care home residents.
Those aged 75 or over and people with weakened immune systems will be able to get their vaccination at selected local pharmacies and GP services from 17 April 2023, with bookings online via the NHS website or via the NHS App.
This latest vaccination is being offered following advice from the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation.
Spring vaccinations will be available until the end of June and anyone aged 5 and over who still needs a first or second dose can also get them during this time. After 30 June, first and second vaccinations will only be available for those at increased risk and during seasonal campaigns.
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
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 email@example.com
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.