For the latest information on visiting being stopped, suspending non urgent elective operations and outpatient appointment changes, please see our Coronavirus page
Coronavirus Public Health England advice
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Visiting has been stopped at our hospitals, please see the information below, and there are changes in place for non-elective operations and outpatient appointments and maternity services.
The NHS in Herefordshire and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands. This is why it is important that you should wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water.
Hospitals across Herefordshire stopped visitors (24/3/20) and Maternity update 1 April 2020
Wye Valley NHS Trust leaders say that this action is a responsible and proactive measure to take as part of coronavirus (COVID-19) preparedness.
The policy applies Hereford County Hospital and the three community hospitals in the county:
It also applies to the county’s mental health inpatient units (these are not run by WVT):
- Oak House
Alongside the above, there are special allowances made parents of patients under the age of 18, relatives collecting patients on discharge and those at the end of life. These are restricted and visits must be pre-arranged with the nurse in charge.
Children's ward at Hereford County Hospital
The children's ward at WVT has impelemented the following restrictions:
- Only one parent or carer is allowed per child
- No siblings or young people under the age of 16 are allowed
In exceptional circumstances, these restrictions will be reviewed on an individual basis which will be agreed with the nurse in charge.
For advice from Public Health England visit www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public#what-to-do-if-you-have-symptoms
Maternity ward - UPDATED 1 April 2020
It is with great regret that we have made the decision to stop partners having access to maternity ward (antenatal and postnatal), in order to protect our patients during this time.
Wye Valley NHS Trust suspending non-urgent elective operations and changes introduced to outpatient appointments (20/3/20)
As the Chief Medical Officer has stated, NHS services are likely to come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and we need to ensure that we have as many beds available as possible to care for patients with severe respiratory problems when the number of infections peaks.
Therefore, in line with well-established plans for situations like this, every hospital in England has now been asked to suspend all non-urgent elective operations for at least three months from April. WVT has taken the decision to start this work with immediate effect, in line with national guidance, so we can train our staff and adapt certain areas.
Urgent and emergency cases and cancer treatments will be carrying on as normal, but we know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried, and we are contacting everyone affected.
Many outpatient appointments will now take place as telephone appointments/video calls, to lessen the chance of spread of coronavirus to patients and other areas of the hospital.
For patients attending appointments at the hospital, we recommend that you attend on your own. If this is not possible, the Trust is restricting patients to bring only one friend or relative. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed, unless the patient is a child. There may be situations in the clinic setting where your relative/friend is asked to wait outside the clinic room whilst your consultation takes place.
The Trust is contacting patients directly regarding these changes, so there is no need to call the hospital – we will contact you if your appointment or operation has been changed/suspended.
People should also not attend our hospital if they have:
• A fever
• A cough
• Shortness of breath