Changes due to coronavirus – attending your clinical appointment
As the Chief Medical Officer has stated, routine NHS services will inevitably come under pressure as the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads.
The NHS has well-established escalation protocols to respond to situations such as this and hospitals have been advised on what steps they can take at a local level.
This includes the rescheduling of some operations, appointments and procedures which are planned in advance.
The majority of our outpatient appointments will be conducted over telephone or video consultation; some patients will be seen face-to-face. Patients who require blood tests prior to your appointment are asked to attend their GP surgery, this is to limit your exposure. Patients will be contact by a letter outlining this.
To adhere to the government’s social distancing guidelines, we kindly ask patients to attend appointments on their own. However, if you are attending our department for results or it is your first cycle of treatment, and you wish to have a relative, we ask that you are accompanied by only one relative.
We politely ask that all visitors adhere to the government’s guidelines and wear a mask or face covering during all of your appointments. If you do not have a face mask, you will be provided one upon entering the hospital.
Infusions, blood transfusion, some chemotherapy treatments and blood tests are still taking place, patient will be contacted by our service to arrange this.