If you think you may have symptoms of Coronavirus, follow the national guidance and self-isolate for seven days. We have Introduced a number of measures and changes to help delay the spread of the virus and maintain essential health services for those that will continue to need them during these unprecedented times. If you, or a member of your family has tested positive for Coronavirus, please find resources to aid your/their recovery on our Coronavirus - Supporting your recovery page.
If you, or a member of your family has tested positive for Coronavirus, recovery will take time. The length of time needed will vary from person to person and it is important not to compare yourself to others. Please find resources to aid your recovery on our Coronavirus - Supporting your recovery page.
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Some of the other steps being taken at UHDB to protect our patients, staff and to maintain essential services include:
Cohort wards have been set up in protected locations across Royal Derby Hospital and Queen’s Hospital Burton for patients who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19. These wards are staffed by teams of highly experienced doctors, nurses and other colleagues who are appropriately trained and equipped to provide this care effectively.
Please rest assured that all of our key workers on the wards are being issued with all of the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and are strictly following national guidance around infection control, to keep both themselves and our patients safe.
Maintaining patient safety is a priority and changes may be necessary as the situation evolves. For example, your specialist teams may encourage phone consultation rather than seeing you in person, to minimise any risk to you.
Stay up to date with the latest guidance from:
In order to minimise crowding, we ask you to travel alone to the hospital if you’re able, in line with national social distancing advice.
If you have anyone coming with you when you have your treatment, they should wait outside the hospital. This helps us minimise further risk to you and other patients.
We appreciate this is a difficult time so if you have any concerns, please speak to the nurse in charge on the day of your appointment.
Most people make a full recovery after cancer treatment and their immune system either recovers fully or is not affected. But the type of cancer and the treatment you have had may increase your risk from coronavirus.
If you are taking hormone tablets or injections for cancer, you are at no more risk of contracting coronavirus. You should continue your medication and take the appropriate hand washing and social distancing measures.
Find out more about the risks of coronavirus to cancer patients.
If you care for someone with cancer or receiving cancer treatment, you should follow social distancing measures and take extra care to protect them from coronavirus.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus and you live with someone with cancer, you should try to arrange for them to stay with family or friends for 14 days while you self-isolate.
Find out more about guidance for carers concerned about coronavirus.
For full information on advice for pregant women see Maternity Services during Coronavirus.
There is currently no evidence to suggest that coronavirus poses a greater risk if you are pregnant than it does to other healthy people, but the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have welcomed the government’s precautionary approach which aims to:
National guidance from Public Health England advises anyone who is pregnant to take extra care against the spread of coronavirus, which includes stricter social distancing and working from home where possible.
You must attend your hospital appointments alone in order to minimise risks to yourself, your families and staff. This includes:
You should prepare two birth partners, so in the event of a birth partner needing to self isolate, you can ask your second birth partner to come with you (as long as they are symptom free).
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, we advise that the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of transmission of the virus through breast milk.
However, you should take the following precautions:
Whatever method of feeding, consider asking someone who is well to feed your baby. If you are breastfeeding, you can express your milk so someone else can bottle feed.
If you notice that your baby is not moving or the movements have changed or reduced, you still need to call the hospital you are booked to give birth at immediately. Even if you think you may have COVID 19 symptoms you must contact the hospital and we will arrange for you to be seen in an isolation area to check you and your baby are healthy. Do not wait for your next midwife appointment.
If you develop symptoms of coronavirus, you should call NHS 111 and follow national guidance.
You should continue your immunosuppressive medication, including steroids, unless instructed otherwise by your clinician.
If you stop taking your medication, it could cause a flare up of your condition which could increase your risk of complications if you get coronavirus.
It is advisable to avoid using anti-inflammatory medications, like ibuprofen, to treat symptoms of possible coronavirus. If you have been taking these types of medications to treat a long term condition, there is no need to stop them if you remain well.
Your immunosuppressive treatment will continue, even if you are practicing social distancing, including:
If you have viral symptoms, such as a continuous cough or high temperature, please contact NHS 111.
In cases where an infection of any kind is confirmed, it may be necessary to stop your immunosuppressive treatment for a time.
Current national guidance considers patients on immunosuppressive therapy at increased risk from coronavirus, and steps should be taken to isolate as much as possible and work from home.
People who live with you should continue to practice good hand hygiene and safe social distancing.
Unless we have contacted you to cancel or rearrange your appointment, please attend as planned. Where possible, we may be able to offer you a phone call or digital appointment instead. If this is the case, we will let you know by phone or by post in advance.
You must not attend your appointment if you should be self-isolating because you, or somebody close to you, has, or has had, symptoms.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus
All other patients
For general advice on coronavirus, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you are staying at home. Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
Visits from all friends and relatives of patients are currently suspended on all our hospital sites, except in the following circumstances:
On arrival to any ward or department, any of the acceptable visitors stated above should immediately wash their hands and report to a senior sister or charge nurse. Visitors must also wash their hands or use the hand gel when they leave wards.
We appreciate your ongoing support with this difficult decision that will help us to better protect staff, visitors and patients from infection.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to: