The hospital has announced that face-to-face appointments will be restarting for patients, although this will be based on a clinical priority basis.
Kate Hopcraft, Divisional Operations Director said: “We are opening outpatient appointments in phases over the next four to six weeks, for referrals.
“We have continued to manage over 50pc of our outpatient activity throughout the pandemic, largely via telephone or video.
“We are resuming face to face appointments based on clinical priorities, but will be limited in the numbers of patients we can bring in face to face, due to the social distancing requirements.
“Patients will notice that they are being booked into outpatient slots, but where possible these will continue to be via telephone or video consultation. Our clinical teams are constantly triaging their lists of patients in order to prioritise booking the backlog of patients.”
The hospital has issued the following guidance for patients visiting the hospital for appointments, in order to keep both staff and visitors safe:
- Do not bring anyone else to the appointment or the building unless you require assistance from a carer
- Children may be accompanied by one parent or guardian
- The management has asked patients not to enter the building until five minutes prior to the appointment. This is to help reduce the number of patients in the waiting area
The management has urged people who might be experiencing any coronavirus symptoms including temperature, loss of taste and smell and new persistent cough, to avoid coming into the hospital. They have asked the patients to ring and re-schedule the appointment instead.