Stay at home and arrange a test if you have ANY of the symptoms associated with Covid-19
When to get a test
If you or your child have symptoms, get a test as soon as possible. Visit the Government website. Test sites are open 7 days a week. Order a home test kit if you cannot get to a test site.
You must must self-isolate until you get the results of your test.
If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.
For the most up to date advice about Covid-19 please visit the government website.
Download the following information leaflets for advice on looking after yourself if you are self-isolating or have Covid-19
Information for people at higher risk from Covid-19
Covid-19 can make anyone seriously ill. But for some people, the risk is higher.
There are 2 levels of higher risk below:
The list on the NHS website explains who might be classed as high and moderate risk.
You will need to wear a face covering when you come to hospital as a visitor or outpatient.
People infected with Covid-19 can have very mild or no respiratory symptoms (asymptomatic) and can transmit the virus to others without being aware of it.
In line with recent recommendations from the World Health Organisation, we have introduced new measures at all our hospital sites to keep visitors, patients, and staff safe.
Bring a face covering with you whenever possible, but if you do not have one available when you come to hospital, please see a member of staff on arrival and we will provide you with one.
Face coverings can be cloth and/or homemade, and advice on how to wear and make one can be found on the government website. Face coverings worn as part of religious beliefs or cultural practice are also acceptable, providing they are not loose and cover the mouth and nose.If you are currently shielding and have been provided with a surgical face mask for your appointments, please continue to use this. If you have not been provided with a surgical face mask, you should wear a face covering.
For some people, wearing a face covering may be difficult due to physical or mental health conditions. In these instances, other measures will be considered on a case by case basis, for example timed appointments and being seen immediately on arrival.
If you are deaf or hearing impaired, our staff have a range of communication options to ensure that they can communicate effectively with you. This might include the use of visual aids such as writing things down, interpreters and sign language.
All visitors will be expected to comply with existing social distancing and hand hygiene measures in addition to the face coverings while in the hospital setting.
There are many resources available in accessible formats and different languages to help our patients.
Links to these are below.
Public Health England stay at home guidance, translated and in easy read
Easy read information on Covid-19 from Mencap
The Handwashing Rap, produced to help those who have a learning disability
This video includes the changes we made at our hospitals to keep patients, families, staff and our community safe.
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