The page aims to give you advice and information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus). You can find the latest information on the Government website.
We are currently in step 4 of the roadmap - full details can be found here.
When you visit our sites please make sure you wear a face covering (unless you are exempt).
Changes from 19 July 2021
As a provider of healthcare, we treat very vulnerable people every single day. We have to make sure we continue to keep these people, and our staff, safe from COVID-19. To keep all of us safe here is what you must do when visiting our sites or staff:
- Wear a face covering or mask (unless you are exempt)
- Wash your hands or use the gel provided to keep them clean
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, do not come into the hospital unless it is an emergency.
- Continue to social distance by 2metres including when using the lifts or corridors.
Our approach is support NHS Enlgand you can read more about it at : www.england.nhs.uk/2021/07/nhs-patients-staff-and-visitors-must-continue-to-wear-face-coverings-in-healthcare-settings/
Thank you for your continued support.
When you come to one of our sites you will be asked to wear a face covering (unless you are exempt). We will provide a face covering if you do not have one. You will also be asked to sanitise your hands with hand gel.
We ask that you attend your appointment alone unless you are accompanying a child or a vulnerable person.
Please make sure you keep 2 metres away from other people whilst on the site. Our waiting areas have been adpated to ensure you are kept at a safe distance. Please keep to the seats provided.
Our staff will be wearing surgical masks and other protective clothing to ensure your are kept safe. This may be gloves, aprons and goggles.
Extra cleaning is also in place.
When you leave our sites, please make sure you sanitise your hands and dispose of your mask one of the bins provided.
If you have any concerns about coming to the site, please talk to your health care professional.
Visiting is welcomed in our inpatient settings, in a very careful and COVID-19 secure way.
We ask all visitors to contact the ward team to arrange a visit (these details can be found on our site pages). They will talk you through the restrictions in place and how many visitors are allowed at one time.
You will be asked to wear a face covering (unless you are exempt), social distance from other people on site and sanitise your hands on a regular basis.
Unfortunately the restrictions on visiting and the number of visitors allowed will change depending on the Government's position and the number of COVID-19 cases we may be experiencing at the time.
We have made the difficult decision to continue keeping leave to a minimum until further notice.
We are able to grant leave that is in line with your recovery plan for example some grounds leave to get some exercise.
All leave will need to be discussed with your care team and there are some guidelines that go with this
for example: making sure you are able to comply with hand hygiene, maintain social distancing and mask wearing rules.
Caring for someone who is unwell can be difficult at any time, but with the current coronavirus pandemic it is probably feeling a lot more worrying and stressful as one carer has said “it’s like being in a pressure cooker”. When we care for someone, we do what we can to have all of the answers. We prepare in any way we can to prevent further stress and this probably feels more difficult as the guidance/situation is changing so quickly.
Southampton City residents
There is support available for patients who are shielding, and this is being co-ordinated through the City Council COVID support hub and SoLinked. Please read this following webpage to understand more for Southampton residents: https://www.southampton.gov.uk/news/article.aspx?id=tcm:63-426458.
The Hub will enable the council to respond to requests, using our own resources and voluntary sector, the community, and faith sector partners to deploy help quickly.
For residents living within Hampshire County Council please visit https://www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/coronavirus/volunteer-welfare or contact the helpline on 0333 370 4000, open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
More information about support availability both locally and nationally is available here.
All adults aged 18 or over can now get vaccinated against COVID-19.
You do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.
If you were contacted but have not booked your appointments, you're still eligible and can book your appointments anytime.
How to get your COVID-19 vaccine
The COVID-19 vaccines currently available are given in two doses. You usually have the second dose 8 to 12 weeks after the first dose.
To get your vaccine you can:
- book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
- find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment
- wait to be contacted by your GP surgery and book your appointments with them
If you cannot book appointments online, you can call 119 free of charge. You can speak to a translator if you need to.
Information: If you have difficulties communicating or hearing, or are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can use textphone 18001 119 or the NHS 119 BSL interpreter service.
Our mental and physical health and wellbeing has been and continues to be impacted by the affects of the pandemic. Here is some general advice and links to useful website to help your look after yourself:
- It can be helpful to acknowledge emotions of anxiety as they come and then try to let them pass on. Try not to reject these emotions as this can create a bottleneck of feelings and then they can come all at once.
- Keep in contact with your family and friends regularly. You could use your phone or perhaps Skype if you have it. Writing letters are another great way of staying in contact! Try to check in on older relatives or neighbours if you can, giving can provide a sense of purpose.
- Try to keep some structure to your day. If you're working from home, it might help to create a space for work so you can walk away from it at the end of the day to relax. Here is some great advice on working from home.
- Only look at trusted sources of information. There is lots of incorrect information doing the rounds at this time, and it is essential that you only look to trusted and reliable sources of information during this time. This is a trusted source of information. Others include the NHS website and the Government website. If you are looking on social media (Twitter and Facebook) look out for a blue tick next to the account name - this means the account is verified and trusted.
- Keep your body moving! Exercise is a fantastic way to improve your physical and mental health. Whether it's a home work out, getting moving in the garden if you have one, or your allotted time outside to exercise.
- Make sure you take time for yourself. Whilst it may be difficult to find time to yourself, it's important to take even just a couple of minutes to process and relax. It might be a bath at the end of the day, or your daily walk outside before the rest of the house gets up.
- To stay fit and healthy, the NHS recommends to get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week, or around 20 to 30 minutes a day. These website may help:
- NHS One You home workouts - easy 10 minute cardio workout and strengthening workout
- The Body Coach - Joe Wicks - P.E workouts every day of the week and a range of other home workouts
- Government information on COVID-19
- Accessing regular rapid COVID-19 tests if you do not have symptoms
- Get a COVID-19 test if you have symptoms
- Government guidance on mental health and wellbeing
- Vaccination information
- Advice for people at higher risk
- Taking part in research
- Long-term effects of COVID-19