The safety of patients, colleagues and the public is always our highest priority
Unfortunately we are not permitting visitors to the hospital at this time. Please do not attempt to visit a patient in hospital as you will be turned away. – find out more.
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 have symptoms of COVID-19, please follow the guidance of Public Health England – stay indoors and visit the NHS 111 website.
King Edward VII’s Hospital DOES NOT have the facilities to test outpatients for COVID-19.
For the latest COVID-19 information, visit the gov.uk website and World Health Organisation website.
Last updated Monday 18 May 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 any of the following symptoms, no matter how mild:
- high temperature
- loss or changed sense of normal smell (anosmia)
- 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
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
- 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 are not permitting visitors to the hospital except in exceptional cases.
- All our staff have been provided with the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves and their patients from COVID-19. Staff may be wearing masks, hoods, gloves and aprons.
- Asking about PPE can be daunting particularly if you have special needs e.g. communication difficulties – please ask our staff for additional support if required.
- Please maintain social distancing measures whenever possible within the Hospital.
- 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.
- 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
- Practice social distancing
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.