Important information about coronavirus (COVID-19)

Visiting Bradford Teaching Hospitals

WE ARE seeing a significant increase in pressure on our 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:

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

Labour ward and Birth Centre
For all women: One birth partner (All birth partners must be free of COVID symptoms) can attend for support for the whole of labour, birth and the immediate postnatal period (this is usually a few hours). The birth partner cannot be swapped and we ask that they wear a face mask at all times.

Birth partners can attend planned and emergency theatre births unless there are exceptional emergency circumstances (please note these circumstances are very rare and would be explained at the time).

Maternity Assessment Centre/Antenatal Day Unit
Women must attend for assessment on the Maternity Assessment Unit and Antenatal Day Unit on their own. If you need to be moved to the Labour Ward or Birth Centre, please be assured your birth partners will be brought in immediately.

Your partner is more than welcome to join your assessment ‘virtually’ via facetime/video call or speaker phone.

Antenatal clinic appointments
All antenatal clinic appointments must be attended by the woman only, we ask that women wear a face mask to their appointment. Again, your midwife or doctor is very happy for your partner to be involved in your consultation and welcomes you to use facetime/video call or speaker phone.

Antenatal scans
One adult can attend the 12-week dating scan, ideally this person should be the birthing partner or from the same household or bubble. We ask that you both wear a mask at all times, all other scans must be attended alone.

Induction on Labour Ward
Please be assured we will call your birth partner to attend as soon as you are being moved to our Labour Ward. Your partner can stay in touch via facetime/video call or speaker phone during the induction process.

Wards M3 and M4
To pre-arrange a one hour visit for one named carer/partner please speak to the staff caring for you on the ward. We can only accept visiting by pre-arranged appointment.

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.

Patient property drop-offs

Bradford currently has a “no-visiting” policy in place.

Due to national lockdown restrictions the Trust has also made the decision to stop accepting food for patients to help minimise the number of drop-offs at our hospitals. We will now only accept essential items in line with Government guidance and travel restrictions.

Property for Bradford Royal Infirmary patients can be dropped off at the Duckworth Lane entrance between 8:30am and 4pm, seven days a week. If you need to drop off an item outside these hours, you must first gain permission from the clinical area in question, as items will have to be collected by a member of staff.

Please only send essential items and keep property to a minimum. This helps us keep our areas clutter-free and makes them easier to clean, helping to keep infection rates down.

Due to increased demand we can no longer accept hot or cold food and you should avoid sending any perishables. The items we recommend you bring if required are:

  • Night and day clothes
  • Sensible footwear
  • Toiletries
  • Books/jigsaw puzzles, if appropriate
  • If you wish to bring in snacks please keep them to a minimum. Snack-food should have a long shelf life and require no preparation, such as biscuits

If your relative has a mobile phone or tablet computer and did not bring it to hospital then you may wish to bring one in along with a charger. * The Trust cannot be held responsible for valuables which are brought onto Trust sites at your own risk.

St Luke’s Hospital and community hospitals: please contact the ward before bringing in any items.

Thank you.

Latest figures: Covid-19 patients in our hospitals

  • Total number tested positive to date – 2,397
  • Total number tested negative to date – 30,695
  • Confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients currently inpatient Trust-wide – 156
  • Confirmed COVID-19 patients discharged (to date) to their usual place of residence or no longer being treated as COVID-19 – 1,525
  • Confirmed COVID-19 patients currently in ICU – 15
  • Total COVID-19 deaths to date – 380

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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