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We are proud to be working with the NHS to relieve the pressure of the COVID-19 outbreak. During this time of unprecedented demand, our Hospital will help to provide the necessary support that the NHS needs to treat patients. We are now offering remote/ telephone appointments where appropriate. To make an appointment, please call: 0207 806 4060. Do NOT visit the Hospital if you have any flu like symptoms. Please self-isolate and call NHS 111. Click here for the latest information.

 

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Coronavirus Information

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Updated 24/03/2020

Please note: Casualty First is temporarily closed. If you have a health concern that would normally be treated at Casualty First, please call our friendly team on 0207 806 4060 who will be happy to refer you to the appropriate unit within the Hospital. If you are experiencing cold and flu like symptoms please self isolate and visit NHS 111 online.

The Hospital Management Team is meeting daily to look at the impact of COVID-19 on the Hospital and the Hospice, to support staff and keep patients safe. We are particularly fortunate to have Consultant Microbiologists that work within Public Health England and the National Office at Guys & St Thomas’ to advise and support the Hospital as well as a strengthened infection control team.

We will ensure this page is regularly updated as the situation with COVID-19 (known as Coronavirus) continues to develop. If you or a member of your family has any flu like symptoms, please follow Public Health England guidance by self isolating and visiting NHS 111 online.

Coronavirus symptoms

Public Health England (PHE) has outlined the symptoms of Coronavirus as follows:

  • Temperature over 37.5 degrees Celsius
  • A new, continuous cough
  • Shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

St John & St Elizabeth Hospital policy

As a result of increasing incidence of Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the country, we are taking additional measures to help protect vulnerable patients in the Hospital and Hospice.

  • We are no longer accepting patient visitors, although some exceptions may be made where patients are receiving end of life care. We recognise that this is a potentially distressing time for patients and their families, and so we encourage visitors to use other methods of keeping in touch with their friends and family members, including phone and video calls.
  • All patients attending outpatient appointments should do so alone. Where the patient is a child, they may be accompanied by one parent or guardian.
  • Please do not come to the Hospital or Hospice if you have any flu-like symptoms.
  • If you have any of the above symptoms please self isolate and visit NHS 111 online.
  • If you have surgery booked but have any of the symptoms listed above, please call to rearrange your appointment. You will only be admitted for surgery after you have been symptom free for 14 days.

How does Coronavirus spread?

  • COVID-19 is an airborne virus that is thought to spread person-to-person via respiratory droplets produced when a person coughs or sneezes, or between people who are in close contact with each other (around 6 feet or less).
  • It may be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface or object and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way that the virus spreads.

How to protect yourself and others

There are a number of ways to avoid contracting Coronavirus. It is the same set of principles when warding off any virus and it’s all about basic respiratory or cough hygiene.

The main things are:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Bin used tissues straight away – don’t hold on to them.
  • Don’t cough into your hands.
  • Wash your hands with lots of soap and water.
  • Avoid close contact with those people who are unwell.

DO NOT come to St John & St Elizabeth Hospital if you think you have Coronavirus

Most people who contract Coronavirus will have mild to moderate cold and flu like symptoms. The people who are most at risk of severe symptoms are those with weakened immune systems, many of whom are in hospital. Please do not put other people in danger. If you are concerned about yours or a loved ones health, please self isolate and visit NHS 111 online.

Advice to patients

  • If you believe you might have Coronavirus, please follow Public Health England’s Advice by self-isolating at home and visiting NHS 111 online.
  • If you or someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, please wait a minimum of 14 days until you are both symptom free before attending an appointment at the Hospital. If you have an appointment booked, please call to rearrange.
  • If you or anyone in your household has any flu like symptoms, please do not visit the Hospital. Self isolate and visit NHS 111 online.

Advice to visitors

We fully appreciate the positive benefit of patients receiving visits from family, friends and loved ones. However, if you or anyone in your household has any flu like symptoms please follow Public Health England’s advice and self isolate for 14 days. If you suspect that you may have Coronavirus please follow Public Heath England guidelines- self isolate and visit NHS 111 online.

Please note:

  • We are no longer accepting patient visitors, although some exceptions may be made where patients are receiving end of life care. We recognise that this is a potentially distressing time for patients and their families, and so we encourage visitors to use other methods of keeping in touch with their friends and family members, including phone and video calls.
  • All patients attending outpatient appointments should do so alone. Where the patient is a child, they may be accompanied by one parent or guardian.
  • Please report to the Nurse in charge upon arrival.
  • Please adhere to hand washing advice at all times.

We are proud to support the NHS

St John & St Elizabeth Hospital will be working with the NHS to help relieve some of pressure during this difficult time. For more information read our post.


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