Important information about coronavirus (COVID-19)

ALL visiting has been suspended. To protect everybody, we are no longer allowing any visitors into our hospitals. Exceptions are for those receiving end-of-life care, one adult may visit a child, and one birthing partner can accompany women in labour. Please see below for more information on exceptional visiting circumstances.

We have set up a new telephone information line for relatives concerned about inpatients. Please call 01274 272747, from 8am to 10pm. Click here for more information on the relatives’ telephone information line.

Latest figures: Covid-19 patients in our hospitals

Total number tested positive to date – 1,019
Total number tested negative to date – 4,156
Confirmed COVID-19 patients currently inpatient Trust-wide – 87
Confirmed COVID-19 patients discharged (to date) to their usual place of residence – 430
Confirmed COVID-19 patients currently in ICU – 10
Total COVID-19 deaths – 209

Coronavirus tests

If you are a member of the public
To find out more on how to ask for a test please see the Government advice here.

If you are a member of staff
You can book a test by contacting the HR Helpdesk on 01274 366227. You must be in the first three days of the onset of your COVID-19 symptoms at the time the swab is taken.

Coronavirus FAQs

For the latest information on coronavirus and Bradford Teaching Hospitals, please click here.

How to recognise if your child is seriously ill

For more information, please watch the short video below presented by Consultant Paediatrician Mat Mathai, and download our information leaflet, which is designed to help you monitor your child’s condition if they have a raised temperature. Both also provide guidance on when to ask for help and describing symptoms.

Guidance on visiting our hospitals

In order to protect our patients and staff, visiting has been suspended at all Bradford Teaching Hospitals’ sites.

Hospital bosses have taken the step as a responsible and proactive measure as part of coronavirus (COVID-19) preparedness. The policy will apply to both the Trust’s sites at Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital.

We will do our best to help anyone who wishes to communicate via an alternative method such as using their mobile phone/Facetime via the free hospital WiFi.

However, special allowances will be made for the children’s ward and neonatal unit – where one parent is able to be with their child – for relatives collecting patients on discharge, and, following new Government recommendations, ALL patients receiving end-of-life care. Visits will be restricted and must be pre-arranged with the nurse in charge.

In the short film below Chief Nurse, Karen Dawber, and Kez Hayat, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, explain more in both English and Urdu. More information on end-of-life visiting can also be found here

Restrictions will also be in place on the maternity unit, where only one person can accompany women in labour, and only one nominated person or partner can visit the maternity ward and delivery suite. No young people under the age of 16 are able to visit.

In exceptional circumstances, these restrictions will be reviewed on an individual basis which will be agreed with the nurse in charge.

The changes come into force with immediate effect. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Keeping in touch with loved-ones

In the short film below Chief Nurse, Karen Dawber, and Kez Hayat, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, also explain more in English and Urdu about the measures we’ve introduced at Bradford Teaching Hospitals to help you keep in touch and be there for your loved-ones during this difficult time.

Coronavirus: national guidance on visiting our hospitals

The NHS in Bradford and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The latest health information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the NHS website.

The national advice, and the message we are promoting in Bradford, is to isolate your household and stay at home. We should stay at home to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Social distancing guidelines have been produced and the guidance is for everyone, including children.

The most effective way to avoid catching or spreading the virus is to wash hands often with soap and water. Hand sanitising gel should be used if soap and water are not available.

You should wash your hands for 20 seconds, using soap and water. Make sure you are washing your hands effectively by watching this video: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/

Patients should attend their appointments as usual, unless we contact you direct or you have a cough and/or high temperature, and/or loss of taste/smell.

Due to operational pressures, we may have to reschedule some planned operations to allow staff to focus on those who need urgent care.

Some outpatient appointments may also change from face-to-face appointments to telephone consultations to avoid patients coming into hospital.

If you are affected by these changes we will contact you by phone or text. Unless you hear from us, please attend your appointment. 

We are taking all necessary steps to try to keep any disruption for patients to an absolute minimum.

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