notification Created with Sketch. CORONAVIRUS: We are still taking extraordinary precautions to keep you safe Coronavirus update

Safety is always our first priority

In the face of extraordinary challenges, healthcare has been transformed, but at King Edward VII’s Hospital we are taking all necessary precautionary measures to keep our patients and staff safe. We understand that a visit to hospital with the on-going concerns regarding the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to be accompanied by feelings of worry and uncertainty.

Therefore, we have implemented the following measures to enable us to continue providing world-class medical care to our patients. These measures are guided by both national and international best practice.

  • We offer virtual consultations where possible to help our patients receive the treatment they need without any delays.
  • We screen all patients prior to their admission
  • We do not admit patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
  • Staff surveillance will continue with twice weekly lateral flow test.

Don’t wait for the treatment you need. We’re still here to help you take control of your health.

We remain open with risk-based measures in place to protect everyone in the hospital. All Diagnostic tests such as blood tests, x-rays and MRI/CT scans are still available, and we strongly encourage you to attend for your appointments and for routine screening.

Our physiotherapists and Clinical Nurse Specialists can also continue to consult with you virtually and see you face-to-face as appropriate.

The risk-based protocols for ourselves and our patients to ensure the hospital remains a safe place to visit are outlined below:

Our Patient Protocol

Who needs to wear a Mask?

Who needs to wear a Mask?

All patients with respiratory symptoms who are required to attend an appointment for emergency treatment will be provided with a mask on arrival to the hospital and we ask that they continue to wear a mask in all communal areas. You will not be required to wear a mask when you are in your own room.

All other inpatients and outpatients are not required to wear a mask unless they prefer to do so (i.e. immunosuppressed).

Wash Your Hands

Wash Your Hands

We have an increased number of alcohol gel dispensers throughout the hospital, and additional signage and hand hygiene stations at entrances to hospital to support both staff and patients to decontaminate their hands.

Respiratory and COVID-19 Testing and Screening

Respiratory and COVID-19 Testing and Screening

All elective patient admissions are screened for COVID-19 and respiratory symptoms in advance of attending the hospital, on arrival they will be rescreened and will be tested by a member of staff. We screen for the following symptoms in line with UKHSA case definition: any flu like symptoms including sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, a cough, fever, shortness of breath, anosmia (loss of smell), vomiting, diarrhoea, close proximity to a person that tested positive for COVID-19.

All our inpatients are swabbed before or on admission, using a risk assessed pathway, according to the patient risk indicators and surgical procedure risk which require either a lateral flow or PCR test.

Important Notice

Visitors

Important Notice

Visitors

Visitors who are visiting inpatients who are on the respiratory pathway or at a high-risk of infection due to immunosuppression will be asked to wear a mask when they are with the patient and whilst in the hospital.
Outpatient Visitors who are accompanying a patient on the respiratory pathway/or patients who are immunosuppressed must wear a mask.

Outpatients can have up to 2 companion/visitors due to limited seating.

Children will only be permitted to visit (outpatients and inpatients) if accompanied by a responsible adult who will be looking after them throughout the visit.

If you have any queries or special requirements then please give us calls to discuss on 020 7467 4344 before you attend.

Our Hospital Protocol

Staff Testing And Screening

Staff Testing And Screening

All staff are tested twice a week with the rapid COVID test.

All staff are screened for symptoms at the beginning of each shift.

Symptomatic staff are not permitted to work and are tested at home.

Stringent Cleaning Regimes

Stringent Cleaning Regimes

We have increased and enhanced cleaning regimes in line with current UKHSA guidelines. We have implemented regular cleaning of high touch points and carry out appropriate cleaning of touch screens and pens between patients.

We also allow for additional ventilation and time between patients in rooms and clinics. Our new King Edward VII's Hospital Medical Centre (outpatients) has up to standard mechanical ventilation to keep our patients and staff safe.

Please remember if you are COVID-19 positive, DO NOT ATTEND King Edward VII’s Hospital but contact us to get advice.

These rules are all implemented with patient and staff safety at the forefront.