Important information about coronavirus (COVID-19)

MOST visiting has been suspended. Exceptions are for those receiving end-of-life care, one adult may visit a child, and one birthing partner can accompany women in labour. Further details on exceptional visiting circumstances can be found below. In addition, in June Bradford Teaching Hospitals reviewed national guidance and introduced visiting for patients who have been in hospital for over 21 days. Each patient will have one allocated visitor who can visit for one hour twice a week. Wards will contact relatives directly to organise these visits.

We have set up a new telephone information line for relatives concerned about inpatients. Please call 01274 272747, from 10:15am to 5:30pm (including bank holidays). 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 – 1,320
  • Total number tested negative to date – 14,491
  • Confirmed COVID-19 patients currently inpatient Trust-wide – 8
  • Confirmed COVID-19 patients discharged (to date) to their usual place of residence or no longer being treated as COVID-19 – 670
  • Confirmed COVID-19 patients currently in ICU – 0
  • Total COVID-19 deaths to date – 253

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.

Patients and Covid-19 swab tests

We have also introduced Covid-19 swab tests for some patients. All patients will be informed by letter or phone whether they need a COVID-19 swab test when their hospital appointments are arranged.

For more information on what happens at our drive-through swabbing unit, which is located at St Luke’s Hospital, please watch the short video below.

Outpatients

Outpatients should attend their appointments as usual, unless we contact you directly 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.

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.

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.

Visiting an inpatient at Bradford Teaching Hospitals

In order to protect our patients and staff, most 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 all patients receiving end-of-life care.

In addition, in June Bradford Teaching Hospitals reviewed national guidance and introduced visiting for patients who are in hospital for over 21 days. Each patient will have one allocated visitor who can visit for one hour twice a week. Wards will contact relatives directly to organise these visits.

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 are also 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

Hand washing

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 NHS video.

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