Important information about coronavirus (COVID-19)

UPDATE to visiting restrictions – 14/09/20. Most visiting remains suspended at Bradford Teaching Hospitals to help keep our patients and staff safe. However, there are exceptions. They apply to: 

  • End-of-life care: BTHFT will continue to support end-of-life visits, difficult conversation support, and support carers to attend where the patient needs physical or cognitive support
  • Paediatric wards: Two parents or carers can now swap in and out to visit or stay with children on our paediatric wards
  • Labour Ward and Birth Centre: A birth partner can stay for the duration of labour in our Labour Ward and Birth Centre. This person is not interchangeable. M3 and M4 patients may have one-hour visits at pre-arranged times from 1-5pm – except on the day of discharge – from one dedicated person, the birth partner
  • Prenatal scans: Women will be allowed to have one adult with them for the first dating ultrasound at around 12 weeks. This person should ideally be the birthing partner or from the same household or bubble
  • AED Department supportive visits: One visitor will be allowed to be present where the patient is being treated in the resuscitation area or the High Dependency Unit of the Accident and Emergency Department
  • In addition: In June Bradford Teaching Hospitals reviewed national guidance and introduced visiting for inpatients 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 on most wards – some wards will remain fully restricted to protect our patients and visitors. Please check with the ward before visiting – every visitor must undergo a risk assessment.

A telephone information line is currently taking calls for relatives concerned about inpatients on Ward 4, 20, 28, 31 and A&E. 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 – 1,458
  • Total number tested negative to date – 21,319
  • Confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients currently inpatient Trust-wide – 43
  • Confirmed COVID-19 patients discharged (to date) to their usual place of residence or no longer being treated as COVID-19 – 764
  • Confirmed COVID-19 patients currently in ICU – 4
  • Total COVID-19 deaths to date – 270

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 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 parents or carers visiting our paediatric wards, Labour Ward and Birth Centre, prenatal scans, Accident and Emergency supportive visits, relatives collecting patients on discharge, all patients receiving end-of-life care, and inpatients who have been in our hospitals for over 21 days. Please see full details above.

We will continue to review these restrictions regularly or as national guidance changes.

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

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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