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Covid-19 (coronavirus): information for patients and visitors

Wearing face coverings in hospital: take the lead from our staff

Due to the recent rapid rise in Covid cases in the local community, we are recommending visitors wear a surgical face mask at all times in clinical areas.  This includes all wards, outpatient departments and the Emergency Department.

If you are in doubt, please take the lead from our staff.

Surgical masks continue to be available at all hospital entrances.

Hospital visiting

We continue to manage hospital visiting to protect patients, staff and the community from Covid-19 infection. Go to our visiting page for further information.

Coming for your hospital appointment

We have worked hard to keep patients safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

We understand that you may still be concerned about attending your appointment but please come as usual unless we inform you otherwise.

Where appropriate, your doctor may offer an alternative to an in-person, face-to-face outpatient appointment such as a telephone or video consultation. It is recommended that if you are offered these, and have the ability and technology, then that is preferable to a face-to-face appointment.

There is more information about appointments here.

Maternity information

If you have a specific inquiry regarding Covid-19 and your pregnancy/maternity care please contact us on 01695 656604. We are available 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

Please call if you are pregnant and have symptoms of Covid-19 and/or are currently self-isolating and have concerns about your pregnancy or yourself.

There is a lot more information on our maternity pages.

I think I might have a Covid-19 (coronavirus) infection

Most people are no longer advised to get tested if they think they may have Covid-19. Check the Government website for further information.

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