Important Update about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

(last updated 18 March)
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If you have been given an outpatient appointment at the hospitals and are unable to attend for whatever reason you can use the form below.

It is really important that you let us know of any changes as soon as possible. This means we can offer the original appointment to another patient.

Please complete the form below with your contact details and as much information as possible. You can find most of the information we need on your appointment letter.

If you have any problems using this form, please call the number on your appointment letter and we will do our best to help you. You will receive a response from us so you know it has been received and actioned.

If you wish to change the date and time of your appointment you, you can click the re-book option and state any dates that are not suitable for you, or you can contact us using the number on your appointment letter.

The Chief Medical Officer has announced that the country is moving into the ‘Delay’ stage of the response to coronavirus from Friday, 13th March 2020.

The new advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer is as follows:

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

  • Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. Stay At Home advice can be found here

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

More information can be found on the NHS website here

 Covid-19 Coronavirus – Further restrictions on visiting at Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals

From Tuesday 24th 2020 Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals will further restrict visiting to ensure the safety of patients and staff and in line with Government guidance.

Visiting times for most wards will remain at 4pm and 7pm daily however only one visitor per patient per day will be allowed.  No children under 16 years will be permitted on any ward unless in exceptional circumstances and with prior arrangement with the nurse in charge.   There are some specific concessions to this including:

  • Relatives of those nearing end of life will be supported to visit their loved ones, bespoke arrangements will be made by the nurse in charge
  • Patients on Intensive Care Unit  only one visitor per patient per day will be permitted and visiting will be 2-4pm and 5-7pm daily, visits outside this will be on a case by case basis in discussion with ICU staff
  • Maternity One birth partner only, visiting at any time
  • Children’s and Neonatal wards one Parent, Partner of Parent or Guardians per child per day

Important Notice

  • Visitors with any symptoms relating to Covid-19- coronavirus including a cough or temperature must not visit the hospital the guidance issued by NHS111 is  here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/
  • If visitors have a general cold, including cough, cold, runny nose they must not come to the hospital.
  • Visitors with any symptoms relating to a stomach upset, including diarrhoea and/or vomiting should not come to the hospital.

The Trust advises visitors to contact its Patient Advice and Liaison Service if they have specific concerns beyond this guidance, the service is available on weekdays on 01925 275512 or e-mail WHH.Pals@nhs.net  

 

 Covid-19 Coronavirus – restricted visiting at Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals

From Tuesday 17th March 2020 Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals will restrict visiting to ensure the safety of patients and staff. Visiting times on almost all wards will be between 4pm and 7pm daily with only two visitors allowed per day. No children under 16 years will be permitted on any ward.

There will be some concessions to this including:

  • Relatives of those nearing end of life will be supported to visit their loved ones, bespoke arrangements will be made by the nurse in charge
  • Patients on Intensive Care Unit where visiting will be 2-4pm and 5-7pm daily, visits outside this will be on a case by case basis in discussion with ICU staff
  • Maternity, Children’s and Neonatal wards where local arrangements are being made.

Important Notice

  • Visitors with any symptoms relating to Covid-19- coronavirus including a cough or temperature must not visit the hospital the guidance issued by NHS111 is here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/
  • If visitors have a general cold, including cough, cold, runny nose they must not come to the hospital.
  • Visitors with any symptoms relating to a stomach upset, including diarrhoea and/or vomiting should not come to the hospital.

Kimberley Salmon-Jamieson, Chief Nurse and Director for Infection Prevention and Control said: “The safety of our patients and our staff is a priority at this challenging time. We are asking everyone to support these measures which we hope will limit any opportunity for infection being brought in to our hospitals. We hope to restore open visiting as soon we are advised by Public Health England that the coronavirus threat is diminished.”

The Trust advises visitors to contact its Patient Advice and Liaison Service if they have specific concerns beyond this guidance, the service is available on weekdays on 01925 275512 or e-mail WHH.Pals@nhs.net

COVID-19 Coronavirus - for women using our maternity services

We would like to provide you with as much information as possible in relation to COVID-19 if you are pregnant, having your baby, or have recently had a baby with our maternity service. A helpline has been set up for any enquiries regarding COVID-19 and your maternity care. This number is: 01925 662323 it will be manned between 10 am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Outside of these times call our Triage on: 01925 275200 or if you have any concerns about your pregnancy.

We are continually reviewing our community midwifery services in case of GP closure. We are currently not aware of any Warrington GP practices or Children’s Centre closures but we will update you accordingly via the maternity website if the situation changes.

If you have any concerns about appointment availability or you have a dry cough or a temperature please call the helpline and we can advise you on how to manage your symptoms and ensure that your care is coordinated safely.

In view of potential exposure and transfer of COVID 19 we have taken a decision to suspend the following services:

  • 36 week birth choice appointments with community midwives
  • Parent Education
  • Hypnobirthing sessions
  • Routine Consultant Midwife appointments

In relation to care in the postnatal period, we will continue to provide home visits on the first day following discharge and then on day 5 and day 10.

Further visits may be arranged depending on individual care plans. If you are currently isolating at home we will provide telephone consultation with a midwife and follow up will be arranged depending on individual needs preferably after the period of isolation.

Please be reassured that we will provide care that is essential to mothers and babies throughout this challenging situation. We are restricting visiting to birth partners/companions only.

Visiting times will remain unrestricted.

These interim measures have been put in place to help to protect the safety of mothers and babies by reducing the chance of the spread of COVID 19. Do not hesitate to call us on our helpline if you are worried or have any questions.

For further information if required please visit the RCOG website for information from the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, the Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, with input from the Royal College of Anaesthetists, Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland: https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/

Thank you for reading.

Dr Tracey Cooper MBE Associate Chief Nurse (Midwifery)


Children (0-18) and shielding – 6 July update
The majority of children who have been previously identified as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ will no longer need to shield. 

Does my child need to continue shielding?
Children should continue to shield until 31 July. From Saturday 1 August, the guidance will be paused so clinically vulnerable people of all ages will no longer need to be advised to shield. 

Children will only be removed from the shielded patient list by their GP or specialist doctor following consultation with the child and their family. Specialists and GPs will be asked to contact children and their families to discuss this over the summer. Families do not need to take any immediate action. We expect these consultations to happen over the summer.

Children who are removed will not be advised to shield again if government guidance on shielding is changed in the future.

If your child is transitioning to adult services before 31 July, you should have a discussion with their current and future specialist to determine whether your child should continue shielding.

GPs and specialist clinicians have been informed of the changing guidance.

Why is this changing?
The original shielded patients list was intended to identify people with conditions that put them at highest clinical risk from Covid-19, based on the evidence available at the time. It was developed early in the outbreak when there was less evidence and data on the groups most at risk from Covid-19.

Specialists in the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health (RCPCH) have looked at the most recent evidence specific to children and developed specific guidance. The Chief Medical Officer and senior clinicians have reviewed the guidance and are confident in their findings and advice.

The latest evidence shows that risks to children are low and only those with a certain medical conditions are likely to be advised to shield if shielding needs to be reintroduced in the future. 

Can my child return to school/nursery?
Children should continue to shield until 31 July. From 1 August, following the pausing of guidance, children will be able to return to school or nursey in line with their peers and school terms. 

More information

Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health (RCPCH) guidance: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/covid-19-shielding-guidance-children-young-people#introduction 

Shielding guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19
 

Recovering from COVID-19?

You can find support here:​​​​​https://covidpatientsupport.lthtr.nhs.uk/#/