Visiting us during COVID-19
With the removal of most of the legal COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place over recent months, and although the positive impact of the vaccination programme is reducing the impact of those infections, at Practice Plus Group we will be maintaining the current safety measures we have in place. This means the continued requirement for patients and staff to wear face masks, whilst observing social distancing and all the other infection control and prevention measures that we have put in place for the safety of all.
Here are some of the measures we’ve put in place to help ensure everyone’s safety:
We have increased our cleaning routines and removed some ‘high touch point’ equipment such as vending machines and water dispensers.
Hand washing is one of the most important ways for us all to reduce the spread of the virus. All colleagues and patients are required to practice good hand hygiene; we have regular hand wash stops, and guidance on how to wash your hands effectively is visible throughout our building. We have also increased the number of hand sanitising dispensers available.
In order for our colleagues and patients to be able to maintain social distancing we have made some important adjustments to our hospital, including; new signage indicating where to sit, stand or walk while social distancing from others, as well as screens to provide a safety barrier between our patients and colleagues. In our waiting rooms we’ve repositioned furniture so that those waiting to be seen can keep a safe distance.
Additionally we are limiting the number of people who are able to enter our building and are exercising a strict hand washing policy, with colleagues and patients wearing appropriate levels of protection at all times. Where possible we have introduced one-way systems.
To help reduce the number of people coming to and from our building, we have introduced virtual appointments which mean your assessment can take place via video call or telephone so that you don’t need to leave home unless it’s necessary. We have made the process simple and intuitive to follow so that you can use it with ease. A translator or chaperone can even join the conversation too.
If you aren’t able to have a virtual consultation, that’s not a problem; where necessary we can still book face to face appointments. Please just discuss your options with our patient booking team.
For patients, our COVID-19 testing takes place in line with the latest guidance and our teams will contact you before any appointments if a test needs to be taken. We have a strict process for arrival too, with patients also required to isolate prior to coming for surgery. You will be given comprehensive guidance on how and when to isolate once your surgery is booked.
As healthcare workers our colleagues are eligible for the same testing as NHS colleagues and anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 is tested without delay. If they test positive for COVID-19 they are sent home to self-isolate in accordance with national guidance.
|Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
To help ensure we remain a COVID-19 free location – and in line with the latest government advice – patients are required to wear their own non-medical face coverings when visiting us. This can be a mask, scarf or any other fabric face covering that covers your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. If you are unable to provide a face covering from home you will be given a face mask on arrival.
When you come to see us you may notice that some of our colleagues are wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as face masks, aprons or gloves. While this will look strange, please don’t be alarmed; this is to keep everyone safe and means you will be much better protected against the virus.
Unfortunately we are unable to accept any visitors as we need to limit the number of people in our facilities to ensure social distancing. We understand this will be difficult for many of our patients and rest assured that our colleagues will be doing all they can to make your stay with us as comfortable and relaxed as possible. You are still able to bring in your personal devices, such as a mobile phone or tablet, to help you keep in touch with loved ones.
If you are being collected after your time with us and that person needs details of your discharge and any follow up care, a colleague will escort you to them and explain everything they need to know from outside the building.
If you are being escorted to the unit, we ask please that your escort should stay in the car and if possible you should check in at the main reception on your own. If you do rely on assistance in order to move safely, then no more than one person may accompany you to the reception desk. Our friendly colleagues will be on hand to help you from reception onwards.