Coronavirus Advice

CORONAVIRUS WEEKLY UPDATE: 19 June 2020

We would like to remind you that if you need to attend the Emergency Department you should do so alone or with one adult when absolutely necessary, for example with a vulnerable adult, a child or a palliative patient.

Please remember to maintain social distancing and observe good hand hygiene by washing your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

 

COVID-19 REBUILD PLAN PHASE 1

Click here to access the plan.

COVID-19 REBUILD PLAN PHASE 2

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Elected Representatives COVID-19 Briefing

The Trust recognises the importance and value of engaging with elected representatives and we would like to assure you that the Trust is committed to doing this as effectively and as regularly as possible.

Click here to view the first briefing paper

 

COVID-19 NEW MEASURES

Updated guidance has been published for visiting patients who are approaching the end of their life. Wherever possible and safe to do so, we will support families and loved ones to say goodbye to COVID-19 positive patients receiving end of life care; such visits are important both for the patient and their loved ones. Permission should be sought in advance from the nurse in charge and if agreed, only one visitor at a time for a specific amount of time will be permitted to visit. PPE where deemed necessary will be provided in order to protect the visitor, guidance will also be given by staff about behaviour while visiting a COVID-19 positive patient.


New visiting guidance can be accessed here. Virtual visiting is still preferred. Our IT teams have developed the guides below to help you connect with your loved ones.

Scheduling a meeting using zoom

Planning and joining a zoom call for family

For further information on visiting restrictions and query's please click on the document links below:

People must not visit if they are feeling unwell, especially if they have a high temperature or new persistent cough. Children are also not permitted to visit.

Visitors must ensure that they carry out full hand washing or use sanitizer on entry when visiting. They should be bare below the elbows, and have no jewellery except a flat wedding band. Hands should be washed or sanitizer used when leaving.

Patients whose appointments have been cancelled will have received a telephone call or a letter. If patients have not been contacted, they should attend their appointment as normal.

Our Switchboard is extremely busy with calls about Coronavirus.  If you have concerns, please DO NOT telephone the Trust, here is what to do;

  • If you are concerned about Coronavirus, please visit www.publichealth.hscni.net
  • If you are concerned about your recent travel history, please contact the NHS Helpline service by dialling 111
  • If you have a high temperature and/or a new dry persistent cough, stay at home and self-isolate for 7 days
  • Call your GP if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, if your condition gets worse or if your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
  • In a medical emergency, dial 999 and highlight your symptoms

For more information on Coronavirus  please visit: www.nidirect.gov.uk/coronavirus and https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/

Check our news section on our website as well as our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
 

Advice document for blind and partially sighted during Coronavirus