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Coronavirus Information

Page Updated, 31 March 2020

Visiting Guidance

In line with new national guidance, visiting is suspended with immediate effect and until further notice.

The only exceptional circumstances where one visitor – an immediate family member or carer – will be permitted to visit are listed below.

• The patient you wish to visit is receiving end-of-life care.

• You are the birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour.

• You are a parent or appropriate adult visiting your child.

Please contact the ward or department in advance to discuss appropriate arrangements.

Your health, safety and wellbeing, that of our patients, communities and individuals and teams across the organisation remain our absolute priority.

Please find other ways of keeping in touch with your loved ones in hospital, like phone and video calls.

Everyone should follow the expert national guidance on social distancing and self-isolation, staying at home wherever possible, to help limit the spread of coronavirus, protect the most vulnerable people in our communities and our NHS.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this challenging time.


Planned Procedures and Appointments

In line with Government guidance, we are working hard to find ways to minimise all travel to and from hospital for patients and staff.

Where it is clinically appropriate, your procedure or appointment may be postponed. If this happens you will be notified via letter, phone call or text message.

We are unable to rebook you at this time but you will be added to a waiting list and we will be in contact once we are able to offer you a new date.

Most cancer and clinically urgent appointments and procedures will continue to take place - please be assured we are looking carefully at each individual case and will keep in touch with patients. It is possible the location may change for appointments or procedures and if this is the case you will be notified via letter or phone call.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.


For all the latest information and advice about coronavirus please visit: nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/


Easy Read Information

Easy read information about the Coronavirus is available here

Purple All Stars have also created a rap video guide to handwashing. Watch it here.

Further easy read material is also available here.

Guidance on protecting people most likely to get very poorly from Coronavirus (shielding) is available here.

Important advice to keep you safe from Coronavirus is available here.

Information on looking after your feelings and body during Coronavirus is available here.