COVID-19 Restrictions to remain in place at our hospital

We would like to remind you that the restrictions currently in place across the NHS will remain for the foreseeable future. This includes limitations on visiting patients, and infection control measures such as wearing face masks, temperature checks and maintaining social distancing when at our hospital.

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Please find the latest guidance on COVID-19 and how it affects visiting The Walton Centre below. Click the headings to read the information. 

What you need to know for 19th July onwards when attending The Walton Centre

From Monday 19th July 2021, the majority of COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted across England. Many of the safety measures that have been in place for use in public settings such as social distancing and face coverings will be down to personal choice.

It has been decided nationally that the restrictions currently in place across the NHS will remain for the foreseeable future. From 19th July 2021, the existing safety measures at The Walton Centre - and in our other clinic settings within the community - will remain in place until further notice. 

This means that patients and visitors will still be asked to:

  • have a temperature check,
  • wear face coverings,
  • maintain social distancing
  • and undertake asymptomatic testing when required.

There will still be limited access permitted within the hospital for visiting and appointments (more information on visiting restrictions HERE).

As COVID-19 is still prevalent, particularly in the local region, we are continuing with our measures to protect our patients, visitors and staff.

Please keep visiting our website for further information. This page and the visiting guidance page will also be updated if and when there are any changes to announce, in line with national NHS guidance. 

When attending The Walton Centre from Monday 19th July 2021, please be kind and respect our staff who greet you and work hard to look after you - we are here to keep you safe and we kindly request your support to help us do this.

Thank you for your ongoing support and co-operation. 

 

Visiting Arrangements: 17 June 2021 update

Suspended visiting until further notice 

Due to the current rate and presentation of Covid in our region, we will continue to restrict visiting to maintain patient safety and reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 within the region. Visiting at The Walton Centre has been suspended with the exception of Horsley ITU, Lipton Ward and CRU (except for exceptional circumstances as specified below).

Visitors should observe strict two metre social distancing principles whilst moving around the hospital, wear face coverings and adhere to strict handwashing on entering and leaving the hospital and clinical areas. See the below video for more guidance.

The following standards should be observed:

  • A maximum of two visitors for patients at the end of their life.
  • One parent or appropriate adult visiting a child, this may include multiple parents although only one may be present at any time.
  • One carer that is supporting someone with a mental health issue such as dementia, a learning disability or autism or other similar complex conditions where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed.
  • In exceptional cases consideration will be given to individual requests following a comprehensive risk assessment.

 

Outpatient appointments

Most of our outpatient appointments are now being undertaken in a different way. When it is necessary to attend the hospital, the patient should attend alone, where this is not possible, either due to potential psychological distress or physical support, one person may accompany the patient attending outpatients, both should wear face coverings.

Please contact the ward or department in advance to discuss appropriate arrangements. Your health, safety and wellbeing, that of our patients, communities and staff across the organisation remain our absolute priority. We will support you to find other ways of keeping in touch with your loved ones in hospital, like phone and video calls. If you are worried please speak to the nurse in charge.

If you are offered a telephone or video consultation and you are concerned about this new way of consultation delivery, please inform a member of our booking team on 0151 556 3213 who will be able to provide support.

If you are concerned regarding a deterioration in your condition, please contact a service appropriate to your needs – either your GP, NHS 111, your clinical team at The Walton Centre for advice or if your symptoms are of an urgent nature, your local A&E department. We would like to reassure you that these services are open and ask that you seek medical help if you need it.

If you believe you or a member of your household has symptoms of coronavirus, please seek advice from the NHS Coronavirus website page.

 

Inpatient admission (including day-case procedure or diagnostic)

If you are currently on a waiting list for an admission, day-case procedure or diagnostic, please be assured that you have not been forgotten. We are doing everything we can to ensure that your admission is carried out in a timely and safe manner.

Consultants and health care professionals are reviewing their individual patient waiting lists to ensure patients are offered appointments in strict clinical priority order.

If you are concerned regarding a deterioration in your condition, please contact a service appropriate to your needs – either your GP, NHS 111, your clinical team at The Walton Centre for advice or if your symptoms are of an urgent nature, your local A&E department. We would like to reassure you that these services are open and ask that you seek medical help if you need it.

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