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Monday, 21 December 2020

Tier 4 restrictions for London

Tier 4 restrictions for London

With rates of coronavirus infection increasing, London and much of the south east and east of England has now moved into Tier 4. We are continuing to review the measures we are taking to keep our patients, visitors and staff safe and reduce transmission of the virus.

For more information on Tier 4 please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home

Attending appointments

Our services remain open so if you have an appointment with us please do still attend unless you have been otherwise instructed. Please adhere to our covid social distancing guidance, you can find out more on our website here.

Guidance for visitors

We know that it is important for people admitted to hospital to have regular contact with family and friends, however it is also vital that we keep people safe from infection on our wards.

In light of the Tier 4 restrictions, we are now discouraging visiting in person and will enable virtual contacts for friends and family. Our ward teams will be able to guide you on how to complete a virtual visit. 

  • All visits need to be pre-arranged with the ward. Please telephone the ward to discuss ways to stay in contact and communicate with your relative or friend.
  • Do not visit if you are unwell or have any of the symptoms of coronavirus – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste.
  • In some areas, virtual visits are not possible for those under our care. In these situations, our senior clinical team will complete a risk assessment to see whether a visit can be safely supported.

We will keep this approach under review and follow national guidance as it is made available.

Patient leave over Christmas and New Year

We have reviewed and updated our approach to support patients’ rights and wellbeing by taking leave over the Christmas period under the Tier 4 guidance.

Finally, we understand that these are worrying times and that you and your loved ones will have concerns. We want to remind you that we are here for you and your family and to encourage you to contact us if you need to. Please do not think it is too much trouble - the NHS is here for you.

 

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