Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Before attending Fairfield Independent Hospital, please follow the instructions on the government advice pages.

Supporting the NHS

Fairfield Independent Hospital is one of many independent hospitals who have been asked to support the NHS directly during the pandemic. All our services are being managed and directed to support the NHS regionally, and we are only able to treat a limited number of private patients.

Currently, all our theatre time is being allocated by the NHS at the regional level, but we hope that we will be able to start operating on our NHS and private patients soon. We will contact you and re-arrange a date for your operation as soon as we can, but we do not have a firm date for this yet.

The need for our patients, consultants and staff to be safe means that we will not be able to provide all the treatments in the short or medium-term and we will be guided by national guidelines on what is safe. It is unlikely that we will be able to undertake the same number of operations in a day because of the extra precautions and safety measures we will put in place to restrict the risk of infection. These measures will include, for some patients, the need to self-isolate for 14 days before and after some theatre procedures and the need to have COVID-19 tests before attending the hospital. Each patient will be given full and detailed guidance on the safety measures that will affect them.

We are still open for essential outpatients’ services for our existing patients. This includes if you have attended for surgery at Fairfield Independent Hospital and require medical attention. If you have any queries, then please contact the hospital.

For all other outpatient services, we will reschedule your appointment as soon as possible, and a member of our staff will contact you directly.

COVID-19 Risk Assessment

The Hospital has completed a comprehensive risk assessments and implemented robust procedures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. We ask everyone to follow the social distancing rules and measures and signage has been put in place to facilitate this. One way signage has also been introduced where possible. NOTE: Staff are on hand to help and assist any vulnerable patients.

Controls put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19 includes the below;

Coming into Hospital – Screening on Arrival

To keep our patients and staff safe, when attending the Hospital, you will be screened on arrival. One of our nurses will ask you some health questions and take your temperature, providing you do not display any symptoms of the Coronavirus you will be able to enter the Hospital.

In order to keep our patients and our staff safe please be aware that accompanying patients inside the Hospital building for outpatient attendances, scans or physio  is suspended with immediate effect

If you are found to have a new persistent cough OR a temperature above 37.8 degrees, an alternative appointment will be arranged.

Should you display any symptoms before attending the Hospital, we ask you to not attend for your appointment, and you must let us know that you are not going to attend.

If your appointment is essential, i.e. for a change of dressing, please contact the Hospital to make a suitable arrangement.

Recent Government Guidance recommends Face Coverings should be used                                                                

All patients attending Fairfield must wear a face covering when within the Hospital .

DO

  • Wear your face covering  at all times unless told otherwise by a member of staff
  • Use the covering  properly – ensure it covers your nose and mouth. Do not allow to dangle around your neck.
  • Wash your hands before putting the covering  on and taking it off
  • Ask a member of staff for assistance if you face covering becomes soiled/very damp
  • If you have to remove your face covering for any reason, fold it in on itself and place in your pocket/bag to be re-used
  • Continue to observe social distancing, keeping at least 2 metres from other people

Visiting the Hospital 

In common with most hospitals in the UK, we do not allow visitors during this emergency.

Please do not come into the Hospital. We appreciate your co-operation and understanding in ensuring that everyone’s safety is protected.

Latest Guidance – Links

Easy Read Guidance for Coronavirus

Easy Read Booklet on the Coronavirus

Google Drive Link to Multiple Languages

 

Latest Government Guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you have any questions or queries in relation to the risk assessments/ procedures put in place please contact Andrew Jones, Director of Hospital Services at a.jones@fairfield.org.uk.