As you will be aware, the coronavirus (Covid-19) situation is changing rapidly and we need to make sure we’re as prepared as possible to keep people safe.
That is why we have updated the measures we are taking to keep our patients safe. We are seeing an increase in the number of seriously ill patients (who have tested positive for Covid-19) at our hospitals. This number will increase in the days and weeks ahead. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, however we must prioritise our resources to help those who are most in need.
Our top priority while dealing with the coronavirus is to protect our patients and the staff caring for them. To this end we have introduced new visitor restrictions, in line with guidance from NHS England.
Visiting at both Queen’s and King George hospitals is being suspended from 9am tomorrow (Friday 27 March), until further notice.
Exceptional circumstances will only apply to allow one visitor - an immediate family member or carer – to visit if:
- 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
Our ward managers will ensure all patients have a named relative and allocate a time for people to call to keep in touch on a daily basis.
These measures will help us to protect our patients, including those with Covid-19, and those with other conditions. We will keep these changes under review and they will remain in place until further notice.
Please do respect our staff who are working hard to keep our patients safe and our services running at this time.
Please remember not to come to our hospital if you have a cough, cold, flu-like symptoms or any infectious illness like diarrhoea and vomiting.