Information regarding the Wuhan novel coronavirus (COVID 19)

Information about Outpatients

The situation with COVID19 is constantly changing but at this present time we are classing outpatient appointments and procedures as ‘essential contact’ which means all our services are running as normal and patients should attend as planned. This includes patients who are over 70 or in at risk groups unless you have been advised otherwise.

We DO NOT want you to attend if you:

are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID 19 - new persistent cough or fever/high temperature

• have been in close contact with someone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID 19

• are currently self-isolating

• have cold or flu like symptoms generally


How you can help us limit the spread of COVID-19

Before entering and whilst in the hospital environment please take every opportunity to wash your hands or use hand sanitiser.

• Unless you need assistance please come to your appointment alone if at all possible.

In the next few weeks it is highly likely we will have to change the current position for both outpatients and operations. We are looking at doing more appointments by phone or other technology where appropriate and possible.

Our clinicians are reviewing patients who are due to attend for future appointments and assessing if the benefit of the appointment is outweighed by the risk to the patient. Once we have this information we will decide what appointments will be cancelled, changed to be a telephone appointment or go ahead.

We will provide further information to patients once we know this so there is no need to call us
 

You are welcome

Download our guide to visiting someone in the hospital

We have introduced a Visitors' Code to help make sure that patients spending time in hospital are able to get enough rest, which will help with their recovery.

Reducing the numbers of people coming in and out of the hospital and asking them to come at particular times of the day will also help us to control infections and will help staff to do their jobs more efficiently.

Changes to hospital visiting to support measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19

 

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals have stopped all hospital visiting from today (25 March).


In light of new national guidance regarding social distancing and people needing to stay at home, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the City’s five adult hospitals and all adult community services, are stopping visiting from today.


The Trust is also asking people to come on their own to outpatient appointments if they don’t need someone to accompany them.

The only exceptions are for patients who are:

  • At the end of their life
  • Women in labour who need a birth partner

All other visiting will cease from today unless there are real exceptional circumstances. In these exceptional circumstances visitors should discuss this with the nurse in charge of the ward over the phone ahead of the visit.

Anyone who wishes to communicate with their relative via an alternative method, such as mobile phone / face time / Skype can do so where possible and we also have free internet access across the Trust for patients to use.

The new rules for inpatient visiting and outpatients apply to the Northern General Hospital, Hallamshire Hospital, Weston Park Hospital, Jessop Wing and Charles Clifford Dental Hospital as well as community health clinics run by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

The Jessop wing will allow a birth partner for women in labour and parents to attend the Neonatal Unit.

Please also help us prevent infection

Accessibility guides for our hospitals

We have partnered with DisabledGo to create accessibility guides to our hospitals. Find them below:

 

 
 

Additional Information

Finding us

You can find directions and maps to our hospital locations here:

 

Why wait for an operator?

Our new telephone system connects you straight to the ward or department you need.

Simply call:
0114 226 9696
and then state the name of the ward or department when prompted.


 

 
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