Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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

Hospital is Open and Safe

Update 07/04/2022

Lateral Flow Testing – for Patients who are being admitted for surgery or investigation.

Patients are required to complete a lateral flow test 72 hours prior to arrival at Fairfield Independent Hospital.

Free Lateral Flow tests are available to order by logging into the www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests. You will be asked to confirm that you have an up and coming Hospital admission. Please order 10 days before admission, these tests take 20 minutes to complete. Please report your negative results on the gov.uk website or phone 119.

Patients without access to the internet or patients who are finding the ordering problematic need to contact the Hospitals admissions department during office hours on 01744 746 412 after 5pm please contact the Ward on extension number 106.

Day of surgery

When you arrive at the hospital you will be required to provide proof of testing – either text or email from the gov.uk website.

In the event you have a positive lateral flow test, please stay at home and contact the hospital.

If you have Covid – 19 your surgery will not be rebooked for a minimum of 7 weeks to ensure you are fully recovered.

 

Update 21/01/2022 – Face coverings, social distancing and visiting restrictions are still in place.

We are open and all our services are available including private, self-paying or funded by the NHS.

Throughout COVID-19, we have adapted our services to the challenges presented from the pandemic and implemented robust procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to protect our staff, our patients and the wider community.

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 

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.

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, unless  it is necessary for a carer to attend with you.

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

Patients attending the Hospital as an inpatient will be screened three days prior  to surgery . Patients will need to take a lateral flow test themselves  if fully vaccinated. Patients who are not fully vaccinated  will be screened by the hospital  with a PCR test  three days prior to surgery.

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 your 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.