Our patient safety measures
We have a range of safety measures in place to keep our patients and staff safe, including:
- All visitors to our hospitals or clinics are required to wear a face covering unless clinically exempt. Visitors without a face covering will not be allowed to visit Covid areas and our intensive care units. These are high risk areas where we have restricted visiting arrangements to prevent the spread of infection.
- Restricting the number of visitors to our hospitals – see our visiting guide for more information
- Encouraging visitors to perform a lateral flow test before coming to hospital
- Ensuring that our staff have the right PPE to keep you safe
- Seeing patients coming in for planned care in dedicated part of our hospitals – well away from those receiving treatment for Covid-19
- Installing clear signage within our hospitals to remind people to socially distance.
Visiting our hospitals
When you visit our hospitals you will be asked to:
- Wear a face covering. If you do not have one, you can ask for a mask at one of the main receptions. Please remember to show confirmation of your appointment
- Wash your hands
- Keep a safe distance from other patients, and from staff where possible
- Do not bring someone with you for your appointment, unless you need communication and/or mobility support during your visit. Contact the department if you do need assistance.
Depending on where you’re visiting you may also be asked to:
- Show your appointment confirmation before being allowed to enter our buildings
- Walk on the left in main corridors
- Use the stairs rather than the lifts if possible. We’re limiting the number of people using our lifts and prioritising those who need them more such as those with disabilities.
Some of these measures may mean you need to queue at peak times. While we will minimise this as much as possible please be patient and allow extra time to get to your appointment.
For answers to frequently asked questions please see the bottom of this page.
We still have visiting restrictions in place. Please check them before coming to our hospitals.
Do I need to wear a mask on my journey to my hospital appointment?
You must wear a face covering on all Transport for London services, including taxis. This is to protect yourself and other passengers from coronavirus (Covid-19), alongside other safety measures such as social distancing, hand washing and the use of hand sanitiser.
Please follow the Government safer travel guidance for passengers.
If you are travelling alone in your own vehicle you will not need a face covering.
However, when you enter the hospital for your appointment you will be required to put on a face covering or mask, unless you have a medical reason not to. If you do not have a face covering, you can get a single use mask at the main reception when you show your letter.
- Caring for you safely FAQs