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Coronavirus update

The safety of patients, colleagues and the public is always our highest priority

As we dedicate all our resources to supporting the NHS, we will not be accepting private patients until further notice.

We are no longer accepting visitors at this time. For more, click here

Read our statement on how we’re helping the NHS here

The situation with COVID-19 (known as Coronavirus) continues to develop and we will ensure this page is regularly updated with the latest guidance and information from official sources.

If you think you might have COVID-19, please follow the guidance of Public Health England – stay indoors and visit

King Edward VII’s Hospital DOES NOT have the facilities to test outpatients for COVID-19.

Last updated Saturday 28th March 2020

Should you attend King Edward VII’s Hospital?

In line with advice from Public Health England, please do not visit King Edward VII’s Hospital if you, or anyone in your household, has developed any of the following symptoms, no matter how mild:

  • Cough
  • high temperature
  • shortness of breath

What you must do:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
  • if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of COVID-19, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • Visit the NHS 111 website for further advice at

What not to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19:

  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • do not contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
  • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
  • do not contact the Hospital to request a test. King Edward VII’s Hospital DOES NOT have the facilities to test outpatients for COVID-19

At King Edward VII’s Hospital we are taking additional precautionary measures

To protect all our patients, visitors and staff against COVID-19:

  • All people coming to the Hospital will be screened on arrival to assess their risk level, and hand sanitised before entering any of our facilities. It may be that because of this they are not permitted to continue their visit
  • We have an exceptional infection record at the Hospital and our staff are well trained and prepared for dealing with infectious diseases.
  • Additional infection control cleaning regimes have been implemented
  • Staff are given regular updates on the developing situation and have been advised to stay at home and self-isolate if displaying any symptoms of COVID-19
  • We are not permitting visitors to the hospital, patients ONLY
  • There are ample hand washing facilities and an increased number of hand sanitising stations throughout the Hospital

How to protect yourself and others

If you are booked to attend King Edward VII’s Hospital and you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must call us immediately for further advice. Please do not attend the hospital.

There are a number of ways to avoid contracting COVID-19. It is the same set of principles when warding off any virus and it’s all about basic hand, respiratory and cough hygiene.

  • Wash your hands with lots of soap and water, thoroughly and regularly.
  • Use hand sanitiser regularly
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • Dispose of used tissues immediately – do not hold on to them
  • Do not cough into your hands
  • Avoid close contact with those people who are unwell

DO NOT come to King Edward VII’s Hospital if you think you have COVID-19

Most people who contract COVID-19 will have mild to moderate cold and flu like symptoms. The people who are most at risk of severe symptoms are those with weakened immune systems, many of whom are in hospital. Please do not put other people in danger.