Wye Valley Trust Coronavirus

Visiting has been stopped at our hospitals and there are changes in place to a number of services. For more details visit our Coronavirus page

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Visiting restrictions updated - 18/8/20

Visiting restrictions have been eased at our hospitals for patients who been in hospital for ten days or more or will now be able to have visitors under a restricted visiting regime. However, there are exceptions where visiting to specific areas is still not permitted.  Please see below further information regarding this and please do not just visit our hospitals without following the visiting regime outlined below.

Do not leave your home if you have coronavirus symptoms and do not enter hospital/clinic buildings if you have either: 

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home. Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do - click here. For the latest advice available to the public about coronavirus click on the links below.

 

Visiting restrictions eased - updated 18/8/20

The visiting restrictions put in place earlier this year to protect patients, visitors and staff in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, are being eased at Herefordshire’s hospitals this week.

This will be good news for patients who have been in hospital for ten days or more who will now be able to have visitors under a restricted visiting regime – although no children under the age of 16 will be permitted to visit other than in exceptional circumstances. 

However, there are still a few areas of the hospital where we cannot safely allow visitors, so the restrictions have not entirely been lifted, but for those patients who have been in for ten days or more, it now means they can now see visitors.”

All visitors will be screened at the entrance to the hospital – this means having temperatures checked and checks made to ensure they are not at risk of bringing an infection onto the hospital site. 

Visitors will also be required to wear a surgical mask and maintain good hand hygiene. Patients will also be required to wear a surgical mask during the visit if clinically appropriate.

Where there have been exceptional circumstances we have allowed visitors during the pandemic and this will continue. We understand every patient is different, as are their needs and those of their family members.

All we ask is that any visit is booked with the nurse in charge first.

 The visiting arrangements at Hereford County Hospital are: 

Location

Restrictions

  • Paediatrics

No change – a nominated parent or carer can be present at all times

  • Maternity
 
  • 1 birth partner can attend delivery suite throughout the stay
  • 1 birth partner can attend triage for labour assessment
  • 1 birth partner can attend from 10-6 if you are undergoing an induction of labour in a side room. When in a bay visiting times are 10-12 or 4-6 pm. Please advise which slot you prefer.
     
  • On the maternity ward - Antenatal women and postnatal women 1x partner can visit for 1x2hr session either between 10am-12pm, or  4pm-6pm (via appointment to ensure no more than 2 visitors per bay)

    If patient is being discharged home then partner can collect mum and baby from maternity ward once discharge is complete.

     

  • Special Care Baby Unit - only parents can attend the unit
 
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Frome Ward (covid area)
  • Acute Medical Unit
  • Orthopaedic unit GAU (covid-free elective surgery area)


Visiting currently not permitted – however special arrangements will be made for patients receiving end of life care.

  • Monnow Ward

  • Leadon Ward
  • Redbrook Ward
  • Wye Ward
  • Lugg Ward
  • CCU Ward
  • Arrow Ward
  • Teme Ward
  • Frome Ward (covid-free area)

 

  • Visiting is permitted for patients who have been in hospital for ten days or more
  • A single nominated visitor will be permitted to visit the patient for the duration of their stay (not multiple visitors on different occasions)
  • All visits must be booked by prior appointment with the nurse in charge

  • Visiting hours Monday to Friday 6-7 pm, Sat/Sun 2-3 pm

 

Visiting arrangements at WVT’s community hospitals are:

Click here for Leominster Community Hospital contact details
Click here for Ross Community Hospital contact details
Click here for Bromyard Community Hospital contact details

 

Site

Time

 

Leominster

3pm-3.30pm

3.30pm-4pm

6pm-6.30pm

6.30pm-7pm

  • Visiting is permitted for patients who have been in hospital for ten days or more
  • A single nominated visitor will be permitted to visit the patient for the duration of their stay (not multiple visitors on different occasions)
  • All visits must be booked by prior appointment with the nurse in charge

Ross (weekdays)

5.45pm-6.15pm

6.30pm-7pm

  • Visiting is permitted for patients who have been in hospital for ten days or more
  • A single nominated visitor will be permitted to visit the patient for the duration of their stay (not multiple visitors on different occasions)
  • All visits must be booked by prior appointment with the nurse in charge

Ross (weekends)

2.45pm-3.15pm

3.15pm-4pm

  • Visiting is permitted for patients who have been in hospital for ten days or more
  • A single nominated visitor will be permitted to visit the patient for the duration of their stay (not multiple visitors on different occasions)
  • All visits must be booked by prior appointment with the nurse in charge

Bromyard

1pm-5pm

  • Visiting is permitted for patients who have been in hospital for ten days or more
  • A single nominated visitor will be permitted to visit the patient for the duration of their stay (not multiple visitors on different occasions)
  • All visits must be booked by prior appointment with the nurse in charge

 

 

 

 

Service updates

  • Outpatient clinics and elective surgery (planned) – updated 20 August 2020

    We restarted urgent outpatient clinics in June 2020 followed by elective surgery (planned), some of which had been put on hold at the start of the coronavirus pandemic for the safety of our patients. 

    We continue to contact patients, based on their clinical need which includes risk factors for each patient relating to Covid-19, to schedule their outpatient appointments and elective surgery, as appropriate. 

    The Trust continues to have social distancing and infection prevention measures in place, which includes an assessment area at the front of the hospital to carry out temperature checks on patients for Covid-19 as they arrive at hospital and we provide patients with a face mask, unless they have one of their own.  Patients who display symptoms of coronavirus when they arrive may face having their appointment postponed. 

    Outpatients are being asked to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to their booked appointment time and attend on their own.  If this is not possible, the Trust is allowing patients to bring only one friend or relative where they require assistance. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed, unless the patient is a child. There may be situations in the clinic setting where a relative/friend is asked to wait outside the clinic room whilst a consultation takes place.

    For patients attending for elective surgery (planned), they will be tested for Covid-19 prior to their procedure to ensure they don’t bring the virus onto the hospital’s wards.  The Trust will contact each patient to arrange for this testing to take place 72 hours prior the date of hospital admission.  All patients must self-isolate following their COVID 19 swab being taken, up until they are admitted to hospital.  Some patients will be advised to self-isolate for longer than this prior to admission and they will be advised of this during their booking.  We will not contact you regarding the test results, unless your swab is positive or void.  You will be contacted in plenty of time to arrange this test and you do not need to call the Trust. However, if five days prior to your admission, we have not contacted you to arrange this please contact us using the details on your covid-19 testing leaflet for the Trust or the booking letter we sent to you.  If you do have a positive test result for Covid-19 we will let you know and discuss if your appointment needs to be rearranged.

    If you have symptoms of coronavirus - high temperature, a new, continuous cough, and/or loss of taste/smell – please do not attend our hospitals/clinics and contact NHS111 for advice and contact the hospital to let them know that you cannot attend.                              

Safeguarding children and adults (7 April)

Covid-19 The Road to Recovery video for patients and their families

Click here to view a short video by The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy to help patients who are recovering from Covid-19 to self-manage their symptoms with physiotherapy guidance.  This illustrates what people can expect when recovering from Covid-19; reassuring them that it may take time to regain their energy and fitness. It also provides advice on simple measures that anyone can take to ensure the best recovery possible; like keeping active and partaking in low-intensity exercise. Patients who have concerns about their recovery from COVID-19 are encouraged to seek the advice of a Chartered Physiotherapist, GP or other Health Professional, who can provide bespoke advice and support.

Doctors and nurses asked to return to support Herefordshire’s NHS service (26/3/20)

  • Wye Valley NHS Trust is inviting retired doctors and nurses, or nurses whose registration has lapsed, to support hospitals across Herefordshire during the coronavirus outbreak.  Click here to find out more.

 

 

4 x ½ hour slots

 

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