Coronavirus (COVID-19): Current information and advice
Updated Friday 27 March 2020
Please note visiting restrictions related to Coronavirus (COVID-19):
We have made the difficult, but essential, decision to restrict visiting throughout our hospitals. From Friday 27 March, the only visitors who will be allowed in our hospitals will be:
- A single birth partner for a woman in labour
- A single parent for a child in paediatrics
- Carers with a carer’s passport or a carer’s card
- Visitors for an end of life patient. To ensure compassion whilst delivering safe care, the number of visitors permitted at this time will be at the ward manager’s discretion.
We know this a worrying time and we will make every effort to help patients stay connected with the people who matter most to them.
In children’s units only one parent/carer is permitted, no siblings.
Two parents are permitted in our neonatal units. No other visitors are permitted.
Please note – If there are exceptional circumstances, please contact the ward area and discuss with the ward manager.
Updated Thursday 26 March 2020
Please do not come to the hospital unless it is an emergency or you are attending an urgent appointment.
All non-urgent activity is currently postponed due to Coronavirus. We are directly contacting everyone affected.
If you have not heard from us, please attend as planned unless you are self-isolating. Or, if you are in a high risk group and do not wish to attend, please contact the relevant department using the details in your appointment letter. Thank you.
Updated Friday 20 March 2020 at 4pm
Changes to services at Western Sussex Hospitals
St Richard’s Hospital | Worthing Hospital | Southlands Hospital
Friday 20 March, 2020
Non-urgent Planned Surgery
In line with national guidance, non-urgent, planned operations will be postponed at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from today onwards.
This will provide extra staff and equipment to meet the demands of Coronavirus care. Urgent, emergency and cancer surgery will continue as normal.
Our teams are contacting the patients who will be affected by these changes. Operations that are postponed will be rescheduled as soon as the demands on our hospitals allow.
All non-urgent diagnostic procedures are being postponed from today. This is to allow extra clinical capacity for Coronavirus care.
Our teams are contacting the patients who will be affected by these changes. Diagnostic procedures that are postponed will be rescheduled as soon as the demands on the hospital allow.
We are continuing to provide outpatient appointments, but our teams are exploring alternatives to patients visiting the hospitals – including telephone appointments and virtual clinics.
If an alternative is not suitable, outpatient appointments may be postponed. We will be contacting relevant patients about these possible changes in the coming days.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to address the current clinical need in our communities.
- a new persistent cough or
- a temperature (fever) of 37.8 degrees or more
If you have either of these symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) you should stay at home for seven days and follow the latest government advice.
You should also not come into hospital if anyone in your household has either of these symptoms. If they do, everyone in the house should stay at home for 14 days to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
- Staying at home: Government guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
Visiting restrictions – To help us keep our patients, staff and visitors safe, stop the spread of coronavirus and keep our hospitals running, we have placed restrictions on visitors to our wards/departments: Please click here to read more
The safety of all our patients is our top priority and we are confident in our procedures for responding to the spread of coronavirus.
Our staff are practised and skilled in treating patients with infectious diseases, we have robust infection control measures in place and are following the most up-to-date national guidance and procedures at all times.
However, we all have a part to play in protecting ourselves and others.
The best thing you can do to help stop the spread of coronavirus is wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water (or hand sanitiser if not available) for 20 seconds – roughly the time it takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice.
Public Health England is also advising everyone to:
- Wash your hands when you get to work or arrive home, after you blow your nose, cough or sneeze, after using public transport, and before you eat or handle food
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products
If you need information and advice about the early symptoms of coronavirus, please visit the new NHS website at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.
This should be your first stop for advice about the virus.
Please only call NHS 111 if you cannot get the help you need online, or
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home,
- your condition gets worse, or
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days.
To help us keep our patients, staff and visitors safe, stop the spread of coronavirus and keep our hospitals running, we have placed the following restrictions on visitors to our wards/departments:
- Please do not visit any of our hospital sites if you have flu or cold-like symptoms
- Patients are limited to having one visitor at a time (this applies to maternity, children, adults & A&E departments)
- Children (under 16) should not visit our hospital sites
- Patients attending our emergency departments are asked to attend on their own, for those who need assistance we would ask that this be limited to one person Those visiting patients who have been tested for suspected coronavirus are asked not to visit at this time
We know how important it is for our patients to have visitors and we would encourage visitors to use a phone or video call to keep in touch with loved ones at our hospitals.
Please note – If you are travelling from a long distance away or are making a special journey to visit someone in one of our hospitals which has ward visiting restrictions, please contact the hospital by telephone first, before you set off, to get the latest news about all restricted wards.
If there are exceptional circumstances, please contact the ward area and discuss with the nurse in charge