There’s a lot of misinformation doing the rounds about COVID-19 (Coronavirus), so it’s really important you get facts from a trusted source.
Visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus to find out what the symptoms are, how to prevent the spread, and who should stay at home.
The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
Many clinics and routine appointments are now back up and running at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Read more for further information.
Only in exceptional circumstances where ONE visitor – an immediate family member/carer – will be permitted if:
- The patient is receiving end-of-life care
- You are a birthing partner
- You are a parent/appropriate adult visiting your children
It is really important that we limit the number of people we have in Walsall Manor Hospital and avoid unnecessary visits.
While we appreciate this can be difficult, it helps us to keep our services going during this challenging time.
As we work together to minimise the risk of Covid-19 we are reminding people attending Outpatient appointments at Walsall Manor Hospital that they please need to attend alone.
It is really important that we limit the number of people we have in the hospital and avoid anyone coming in unnecessarily. While we appreciate this can be difficult, it helps us to keep our services going during this challenging time.
We ask you to only bring someone with you in exceptional circumstances which are:
- If a patient has a mental health issue such as dementia, a learning disability or autism, where attending alone would cause them to be distressed and that level of distress could not be managed/supported by our staff
- If a patient living with dementia or a learning disability and/or autism would suffer greater harm by not attending their appointment than the impact of coming into contact with Covid-19.
It is important to keep your appointments and, unless there is a medical reason for not doing so, you are now required to wear a face mask.
Please make sure you wash your hands and use the hand sanitiser provided, and avoid coming to hospital if you have any of the virus symptoms of a high temperature above 37.8, a new, continuous cough or loss of or change in taste and smell, unless of course your condition is urgent.
Social distancing at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
You may be aware that social distancing has been reduced from 2 metres to 1 metre in England as of 4 July 2020, following a recent announcement by the Prime Minister.
Due to the nature of working in a hospital, our healthcare staff are at higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 than the general public – this is partly the reason why universal use of face masks was introduced. Due to falling numbers of COVID-19 both locally and nationally, risk of acquiring COVID-19 via the hospitality sector is low, but at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust we are dedicated to continuing to protect all of our staff, patients and visitors. Therefore;
At all Walsall Healthcare NHS trust sites, social distancing of 2 metres or more between staff, patients, visitors, volunteers and contractors will continue to be enforced.
This is an evidence-based decision, following recommendations from the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies. We will continue to keep this decision under review as further evidence becomes available, and will communicate any further changes to you via this website, social media and other channels.
Wearing face coverings at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
Guidance for visitors
- Wear a face covering at alltimes during your visit
You are encouraged to bring your own suitable face covering. If this is not possible, we will provide a face mask.If shielding, you must ask for a fluid-resistant surgical mask Refusal to wear a face covering without valid reason may resultin you being refused access This is to ensure the safety of others
- Sanitize your hands for20 seconds with the gel provided
Always before putting on, or removing your face covering.
Please do not wear your own gloves
- Change and wash your facecovering daily
If it is not washable, dispose of it carefully
- Maintain appropriate socialdistancing where possible
Always follow the latest national guidance
Please consult the following national guidance for the most up-to-date information.
- Check if you or your child has symptoms
Find out about the main symptoms of coronavirus and what to do if you have them.
- Testing and tracing
Get a test to check if you have coronavirus, understand your test result and find out what to do if you’re contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
- Self-isolation and treatment if you have coronavirus symptoms
Advice about staying at home (self-isolation) and treatment for you and anyone you live with.
- People at higher risk
Advice for people at higher risk from coronavirus, including older people, people with health conditions and pregnant women.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online or do not have online access.
You should also follow NHS advice about staying at home.
How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)
Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.
It is particularly important for people who:
- are 70 or over
- have a long-term condition
- are pregnant
- have a weakened immune system
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
- only travel on public transport if you need to
- work from home, if you can
- avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
- avoid events with large groups of people
- use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services
- touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- have visitors to your home, including friends and family
Update: Monday 12 October 2020 – Birthing partners can now attend 20 week scans
Mums-to-be attending their 20 week scan appointment at Walsall Manor Hospital are now able to be accompanied by their birthing partner after a review of current Covid-19 restrictions.
The arrangements began on Monday 12 October 2020 and will be regularly reviewed to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of service users and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust staff.
Unfortunately we are not able to apply or extend this offer to any other type of scan at this time, but remaining restrictions will continue to be regularly reviewed in line with Government guidance to ensure the safety of our staff and women using our service at all times. We also remind you that children are still not allowed into the department or scan rooms.
Women will be required to check-in alone where they will be issued with a scan ‘track and trace’ slip. This slip must be completed with the details of the person who is accompanying the mum-to-be for their 20 week scan prior to it being performed. Birthing partners will need to remain outside the department until collected for their scan and we ask that partners respect any instruction given by the scanning team. Both mums-to-be and birthing partners are required to wear face coverings at all times – whilst staff will adhere to appropriate PPE.
Please do not attend if you have any of the recognised Covid-19 symptoms of a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss or change in your sense of taste and smell.
Reassurance for pregnant women
Pregnant women who have any concerns about their baby – or their own health and welfare – are being assured that it is safe for them to come into Walsall Manor Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust wants women to continue to use its maternity services as usual, particularly if they are worried about:
- Feeling unwell
- Reduced baby movements
Women who have any concerns regarding being unwell, reduction in their baby’s movements, bleeding or pain at any time should contact
Triage: 01922 656967
Delivery suite: 01922 656246
A Maternity Advice Line has also been set up if women need to speak with a midwife for general advice and are unable to contact their Community Midwife. This line is open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and women should contact 01922 605426.
Pregnant women will still be offered a mixture of telephone calls and face-to face contacts throughout their pregnancy; appropriate to their individual needs. They will also be invited to an Early Bird clinic (around 6-8 weeks’ pregnant) for routine pregnancy blood tests, height and weight checks and to test a urine sample.
They will also receive information about a maternity app they can register for to offer up-to-date advice and guidance for each stage of pregnancy, accessible from a mobile device.
Support for the deaf community
British Sign Language videos
Stay at home – Guidance for households with possible COVID-19 infection (Source: GOV.UK)
Discharging patients home
Walsall for All – Translated Guidance
www.walsallforall.co.uk (External Link)
“Stay at Home’ multilingual video message and translated guidance
Walsall for All published a video of the “Stay at Home” message in 17 different languages. You can view it on social media or YouTube:
There is also a dedicated page on their website, with links and resources to translated guidance and accessible formats: https://www.walsallforall.co.uk/post/covid-19-translatedguidance