Important information about coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is on the increase nationally and like all NHS trusts, Bradford Teaching Hospitals is seeing an increase of pressure on services. The Trust is doing everything possible to keep patients and visitors safe. We have reviewed our visiting guidelines and have made the decision to keep the following restrictions in place:

Inpatients in our hospitals for over 21 days
Visiting  for inpatients who have been in our hospitals for more than 21 days is allowed for one hour by one dedicated visitor for two visits a week on most wards. Some wards will remain fully restricted to protect our patients and visitors. Clinical areas will contact visitors to organise these visits.

Please do not visit unless this has been agreed with the clinical area – every visitor will have to undergo a risk assessment.

Paediatric wards
Two parents or carers can swap in and out for visits/stays.

Labour Ward and Birth Centre
Birth partners can stay for the duration of labour. This person is not interchangeable. M3 and M4 patients can make one-hour visits at a pre-arranged times between 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 must be the birthing partner or from the same household or bubble.

AED department supportive visits
One visitor will be allowed to be present where a patient is being treated in the resuscitation area or High Dependency Unit of the Accident and Emergency department.

The Trust will continue to support end-of-life visits, difficult conversation support, and support carers to attend where the patient needs physical or cognitive support – with restrictions in place on the length of visit and the number of visitors allowed. The Trust has put in place a number of resources to support family members unable to visit patients:

  • Our Relatives’ Telephone Information Line takes calls for some of our wards. Please contact the ward or relatives’ line to see if the clinical area in question is using this service. Please call 01274 272747 from 10:15am to 5:30pm
  • Thinking of you is a dedicated email address for loved ones to send letters via email to our patients: ThinkingOfYou@bthft.nhs.uk
  • Many wards have video calling in place and may be able to assist with video calls where there is no visiting

Please note: Visitors to Bradford Teaching Hospitals under exceptional circumstances and people attending outpatients’ appointments must now wear a face mask at all times to protect them and others from coronavirus. It is important masks and face coverings are worn safely.

Anyone showing any symptoms of coronavirus should not visit. If you are in a high risk category i.e. you have an underlying health condition that puts you at risk of COVID-19, you should also not visit. For more information on our current visiting policy, please click here.

Latest figures: Covid-19 patients in our hospitals

  • Total number tested positive to date – 1,758
  • Total number tested negative to date – 25,745
  • Confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients currently inpatient Trust-wide – 89
  • Confirmed COVID-19 patients discharged (to date) to their usual place of residence or no longer being treated as COVID-19 – 1,020
  • Confirmed COVID-19 patients currently in ICU – 8
  • Total COVID-19 deaths to date – 304

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 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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