Visiting has been suspended at all Bradford Teaching Hospitals’ sites in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
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.
Special allowances will be made for the children’s ward and neonatal unit, where one parent is able to be with their child, and for relatives collecting patients on discharge and those at the end of life. These will be restricted and visits must be pre-arranged with the nurse in charge.
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.
For more information on our current visiting policy, please click here.
Following national guidance, we would also like to remind anyone suffering from a new, continuous cough and/or high temperature to stay away from our hospitals and self-isolate at home for seven days.
People with flu-like symptoms, or an illness such as vomiting or diarrhoea, should also stay away from hospital.
We have very good infection prevention and control measures within our hospitals but it’s important that we take every opportunity to reduce any potential risk to patients and staff – and that’s why we are asking you to play your part too.
Please do not come to our hospitals if you have been in contact with someone who has been confirmed as having coronavirus.
When attending our hospitals you should use alcohol hand gel when entering and leaving the ward or wash your hands using soap and water at a nearby sink.
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/
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. Read the advice about staying at home
For urgent advice: use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service: www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19 if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
For more information on attending appointments, please click here.
The Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department provides walk-in access to nursing and medical care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You do not need an appointment. The department provides clinical services to treat the range of problems patients present as an emergency or urgently, in all age groups from babies to the elderly.
Please be aware that A&E is for patients who have an emergency which cannot be dealt with via a GP appointment or by calling the NHS Helpline on 111. Due to high demand, please only attend if you have a genuine emergency.
If you come to A&E and it is not an emergency then you may wait a long time to be seen, as we must prioritise the treatment of the sickest patients first, including patients suffering from:
- Suspected heart attack or stroke
- Chest pain
- Heavy blood loss
- Suspected broken bones
- Deep wounds such as stab wounds
- Severe breathing difficulties
- Head injuries