2 April 2020

Information regarding the Wuhan novel coronavirus (COVID 19)

Information for Outpatients


In line with national guidance we are supporting social distancing wherever possible. We are therefore reviewing all of our outpatient appointments – so if you have an appointment, you will be contacted to let you know if it will be going ahead or if we can conduct your appointment by phone or video conference.


COVID-19 update – Testing healthcare staff


Our experts in virology, infectious diseases and infection control at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals have worked to deliver a COVID-19 testing service, in line with the recent national NHS announcement, for staff who show symptoms of the virus. Test results are provided within 24-48 hours which means staff members can self- isolate as soon as they think they have any symptoms in the knowledge that once tested, they can return to work if negative. More importantly if the test is positive, it means those healthcare staff can stay isolated from patients and other work colleagues.

As well as our staff doing all they can to limit the spread of this virus we would once again ask everyone to help us by following the national advice on handwashing and social distancing, it really will make a difference in slowing this outbreak and help us provide the care to those who need it most.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Dr David Hughes, Medical Director


Cancellation of all Radiotherapy sessions due to COVID-19

Due to the current situation we will be cancelling all Radiotherapy open evenings for the foreseeable future. They are usually held on the second Tuesday of the month and are an opportunity for Radiotherapy patients and their families to have a tour of the Radiotherapy Department at Weston Park Hospital. This includes the next session which was scheduled for Tuesday 14th April.

COVID-19: Important information about the daily Open Repair sessions at the Hearing Service department

After carefully reviewing the current situation in relation to COVID-19 and the national guidance with regard to social distancing, we are requesting patients to refrain from attending the daily Open Repair sessions at the Hearing Services department, where possible.
We do recognise that the ability to hear during these difficult times, combined with isolation is of paramount importance and are sorry not to be able to offer our patients the usual service.

Hearing aid batteries for our existing patients are available by post.

Please phone the booking hub on 0114 2261314 or send your hearing aid book/card and we will post batteries to your address.
If you require any further advice/support regarding your Hearing Aid please also contact the number above and your query will be dealt with by a member of the Hearing Services Audiology Team.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we hope to get back to normal service as soon as we are able. Thank you for your support at this time.

Maternity service guidance


Jessop Wing teams are taking all precautions possible to limit the spread of COVID-19. As a result we have put in place the following restrictions to safeguard our mums and babies as far as possible. This is in line with national maternity services.

• Only one birth partner is allowed either in labour or at an elective caesarean section. This person must be COVID-19 symptom free and not self-isolating

• After the baby is born there will be no access to the postnatal wards for the partner or family.

This has been a difficult decision but we have to do all we can to limit the spread of this virus and we would ask for your understanding during this unprecedented time.

COVID-19: Important information about Charles Clifford Dental Hospital


As part of our precautions to limit the spread of Covid-19, we are only seeing urgent patients. Please be aware that all referrals will be triaged and the routine patients will be added to the waiting list until further notice. Thank you for your support.


COVID-19 - Important information for patients with imaging appointments (e.g. X-rays, CT, MRI, Ultrasound, Angiography and Fluoroscopy)


At the moment our imaging call centre is receiving an unprecedented number of calls from patients checking whether they should still attend for their appointment. In order to help us, please do not telephone the call centre to check this. You will be contacted directly should your appointment need to be cancelled or postponed. If you are not contacted you should attend as planned unless you are self-isolating or have symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have any cold or flu like symptoms.

Many thanks for your support with this


Breast screening appointments postponed


We have carefully considered the risks and benefits to women who are due to attend for breast screening services in terms of postponing screening appointments in light of advice surrounding COVID-19. As a result of this, all breast screening in Sheffield has now been suspended to allow women called to attend the service to follow Government advice and guidance on minimising travel and congregating with others. If you have an appointment for breast screening please do not attend. We will rebook your appointment and send a letter to confirm this as soon as the service resumes as normal.

Important information about antenatal appointments - COVID19


Please attend your routine antenatal care appointment at the Jessop Wing Hospital, Sheffield, as planned if you are well.

To help limit the spread of Coronavirus please:

• Come to your antenatal appointment alone if possible (if we can reduce the numbers attending the department it will allow for better social distancing)
• Children under 16 will not be allowed in the department.
• If you have a fever or new persistent cough or are in self-isolation due to a family member being symptomatic of Covid-19 please contact us before coming to your antenatal appointment on: 0114 2712866.

Thank you for your support.




If you are visiting any of our services, you can help us by ensuring you wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds using our public bathrooms before, during and after your visit (if this is not possible please use alcohol based hand gel).

Media enquiries relating to Coronavirus should be directed to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Communications team.


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