The most up to date public advice and information can be found at gov.uk/coronavirus
Like the common cold, infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
Testing of suspected novel coronavirus cases is carried out in line with Public Health England guidelines. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that comes into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
If you need to rearrange your appointment please phone the telephone number listed on your appointment letter.
Novel coronavirus – NHS 111 Pod
Following national guidance, all hospitals with Emergency Departments (A&E) are putting in place NHS 111 pods, so that anyone attending hospital with symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus) can be kept isolated from other patients and avoid causing unnecessary pressure in A&E. Before you attend a General Hospital , please can you check they have a NHS 111 Pod, by calling 111 in advance.