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.
Is it safe for me to attend my hospital appointment?
We are putting in lots of measures to help keep you safe.
We are asking everyone to follow social distancing guidance, wear a face covering or mask and follow our Stay SAFE Keep APART signs. The patients who are coming in for planned care are being seen in dedicated parts of the hospitals – away from any confirmed and suspected Covid-19 patients.
Our staff will also wear appropriate personal protective equipment during your appointment such as masks, visors or eye protection, gloves and aprons.
Other steps we’re taking include testing patients for Covid-19 three days before surgery, and only going ahead with the procedure if the test is negative.
- Caring for you safely FAQs