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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

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  • Visit our COVID-19 Information Pages

    COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus. For all the latest information including the risk of COVID-19 in the UK, advice for travelers, symptoms of Coronavirus, how it is spread and advice around public places and self-isolation visit the NHS website.

    For more information about COVID-19 and how our services have changed (including the new visiting requirements), please click here.

  • COVID-19 Management and New Measures

     

    As cases of Covid-19 continue to rise, particularly across the South-East including Surrey, we have put in place a number of measures that will enable us to prioritise how we provide care, enabling us to focus on those patients who are critically ill.

    These measures include:

    • ●  Postponing some routine and non-urgent elective procedures and operations.
    • ●  Continuing to prioritise those who need urgent and cancer care.
    • ●  Working together as a system with partners, to enable additional bed capacity, deployment of staff, as well as timely and safe discharge of our patients into the community, to support our Covid-19 response.
    • ●  Moving more of our outpatient services to virtual appointments to reduce the need for patients to come to our sites, which in turn reduces the risk of increasing levels of Covid-19 transmission.

    We would like to thank the public for their support at this time, and remind people to follow the national guidance to reduce the spread of Covid-19; this will help protect our families, keep frontline services running and save lives.

    Click here to watch our short video explaining the new measures.

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Information

    The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and, from this week, hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs.

    Please note that Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals are not yet offering the vaccine and although we anticipate that we will do in the near future, we ask that you refrain from calling our hospitals to book your vaccination and help us to keep our phone lines free for those who need to speak to us.

    The NHS will let you know when it is your turn to have the vaccine so there is no need for you to do anything.

    The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

    It's being given to:

    1. ●  some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks
    2. ●  people who live or work in care homes
    3. ●  health care / community workers at high risk

    Read the latest JCVI advice on priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination on GOV.UK.

    Further information about the vaccine can be found on the NHS website.

  • Important Announcement Regarding Homebirth Services

    The maternity team at Ashford and St Peters Hospitals are absolutely committed to providing high quality safe care to our mothers and babies. In light of the current Covid-19 situation and nationwide lock-down, it is with our deepest regret that we have had to take the decision to pause the homebirth service.

    This has been an incredibly difficult decision as we have been making good progress with our plans for developing the service which we now need to pause. To help you understand how we came to this difficult decision we have considered the following:

    1. ●  The ambulance service is under considerable pressure, and a timely response to calls for transfer to the maternity unit in an emergency cannot be guaranteed.
    2. ●  Our midwifery staff numbers are reduced due to many staff being unwell and self-isolating, along with the unprecedented clinical demands on the NHS as a whole.

    We fully understand that this will be disappointing news for those who were planning a homebirth in the near future. We welcome all women currently booked for a homebirth to attend the Abbey Birth Centre which has a beautiful home from home environment. Our primary concern is to be able to provide you with safe care at all times and we just cannot currently do this at home because of the reasons above.

    We will be implementing this pause with immediate effect, and we will be review this decision on a very regular basis taking into account national lock-down restrictions, freedom of movement, emergency response capacity and staffing levels.

    We would encourage you to discuss any concerns with your community midwife, our wonderful MVP are also here to support you at this difficult time.

    Gemma Puckett, Head of Midwifery
    James Thomas, Divisional Director Women’s and Children’s

  • Wearing Face Masks in our Hospitals

    All patients, visitors, and staff are expected to use a new surgical mask issued by the checkpoint teams when they arrive at all hospital sites. If you are wearing your own face covering or mask you will be asked to remove this and use a new mask for the duration of your visit. The mask must cover your mouth and nose and be worn at all times, unless your clinician asks you to remove it.

    There are checkpoints by each entrance and you will be asked to use the hand sanitiser provided and have your temperature taken (by a forehead thermometer). On exit, please dispose of the mask in the clinical waste bin provided and sanitise your hands.

    It is expected that everyone on the hospital sites wears a mask with the following exceptions, in line with national guidance:

    1. ●  children under the age of 11 (Public Health England do not recommended face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons)
    2. ●  people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
    3. ●  where putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
    4. ●  if you are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate
  • Visiting Arrangements

    We have made some changes to the visiting arrangements for patients at the end-of-life. We are now able to accommodate one nominated visitor for up to one hour each day or two nominated visitors on alternate days during a patients stay. The patient must still be referred and reviewed by the Specialist Palliative Care Team prior to visiting, and visits must be pre-arranged each day with the ward nursing team.

    Other visiting restrictions still remain in place and this is due to the risk COVID-19 continues to present within the community and our hospital and the associated threats of outbreaks with this.

    If you have a family member who is a patient with special circumstances – such as learning difficulties, emotional and behavioural difficulties, or dementia, who would really benefit from a visitor then please speak to the ward nursing team and they will advise further.

  • NHS App and QR Codes

    We encourage all patients and visitors over the age of 16 who live in England or Wales to download and use the NHS Covid-19 tracing app. It’s the fastest way of knowing when you’re at risk from coronavirus. The quicker you know, the quicker you can alert your loved ones, and your community.

    There is no need to change any of the settings on the app when you enter the hospital sites.

    We have placed a number of posters with QR codes in specific areas of the Trust. Where you see these posters please use the ‘Venue Check-in’ function of the app and scan the bar code.

    For more information please visit www.covid19.nhs.uk.

    Thank you for your support.

  • Send a message of love and support

    Email us your letters and photos for a loved one in our hospitals and we will make every effort to ensure they receive them.

    Please include the patient's name and ward they are on.

    Email your letters to: asp-tr.patient.advice@nhs.net

Welcome to this month’s video message which is focused on our amazing Procurement and Materials Management Team.

We don’t often think or talk about the important work this team do to support and facilitate our daily work providing care to patients.

They are constantly reviewing and obtaining the best quality, most efficient, effective and sustainable materials, equipment and consumables for the hospitals, and are proactively seeking colleagues to collaborate with them on this. So I urge you to please connect with the team, as by working better together we can deliver better care for our patients. You can watch my video above (including subtitles).

In the meantime, wishing you all a great weekend.

With very best wishes,

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

Visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Centre

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Visit our coronavirus webpages for more information.

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Chief Executive's Message

Our Main Effort

This week I’d like to reflect on what is happening across the Trust and how we prioritise what we do in these exceptionally busy times. I am sure, like myself and my colleagues in the executive team, many of you will feel a bit pulled in different directions at the moment ... read this week's message

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Our CQC Report

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Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has retained their rating of ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for the second consecutive time ... read more