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Update - new lockdown - 05.01.21

Stricter measures have now been announced by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Please read the national gov.uk page to find out more on the national restrictions.

 

COVID-19 Vaccinations

If you are over 70, or are in an extremely clinically vulnerable groups and have still not been contacted, you can now book directly for your COVID-19 vaccination.  

You no longer need to wait to be contacted if either of the following apply:

  • you are aged 70 or over
  • you have previously received a letter saying you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)

You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or a pharmacy that provides COVID-19 vaccinations.

Book your coronavirus vaccination appointments online

If you`re not in the elligible groups please don`t contact us yet, you will be contacted when it is the right time.  

When we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments. Please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.

http://nhs.uk/CovidVaccine 

  

Masks for visitors and outpatients on the Stepping Hill Hospital site

Please note that while visiting at Stepping Hill Hospital is still strictly limited,  those who do need to and are permitted to visit the hospital site, and also patients coming to hospital for planned care (outpatients),  will now have to wear face coverings on site.

Face coverings are different to face masks in that they can be homemade, made of cloth, and be reusable. If a patient or visitor does not have a face covering when they come to hospital, a face covering or mask will be provided by the hospital on arrival. 

Masks are available at the following locations across the hospital site:

  • Oak House (the main hospital entrance)
  • Women’s Unit (main entrance)
  • End of main corridor (near endoscopy)
  • Entrance opposite Outpatients B

 

Patient visiting restrictions during COVID-19 outbreak

We are still restricting most visitors to Stockport NHS Foundation Trust. 

We have not undertaken this lightly and we appreciate that it may cause distress to both patients and their loved ones, but we are making every effort to reduce the spread of the virus, and so minimising the amount of people in the hospital is essential.

To keep our patients and staff safe visitors are asked to respect  the following arrangements:

Adult inpatient wards

Visits to all adult inpatient wards are suspended .

Some exceptions will be made on compassionate grounds on a case by case basis, including visits to those who are at end of life. These visits must be pre-arranged with the nurse in charge.

Exceptions may also be made for relatives collecting patients who are ready to leave hospital.

Single birthing partner and sole visitor for maternity areas

  • Please nominate a single birthing partner or visitor to be with you during your stay – they will have open visiting to the maternity ward, the delivery suite and our birth units.
  • No children or young people under the age of 16 should visit.

On entering and leaving the wards, your birthing partner or visitor must wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds.

Children’s Ward

  • Only one parent or guardian can visit a child unless there are special circumstances (please discuss with the ward manager).
  • No siblings or young people under the age of 16 should visit.

 

 Emergency Department (A&E)

  • No adult patients should be accompanied by a visitor, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  • One parent or guardian can stay with a patient in the children`s emergency department

Providing information during hospital stay

Patient can maintain contact with relatives and friends using mobile phones or other devices during any hospital stay. To share some information, such as a move to another ward, patients may be asked  to set up an agreed password to be used so we can inform one nominated family member or friend. 

The patient liaison team can also help keep patients and family in contact. They are active between the hourse of 7:00am and 5:00pm and can be contacted on the numbers 0161 419 4682 / 4600 / 4950.

 

General Coronavirus advice 

 
If you have either:
  1. A new continuous cough, or
  2. High temperature (of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher)
  3. A loss of or change in your normal sense of smell or taste

You are advised to stay at home (self-isolate) without any testing, this is regardless of travel history or contact with confirmed cases.

After 7 days of self-isolation, people who feel better and no longer have a high temperature can return to their normal routine. If they have not had any signs of improvement after 7 days and have not already sought medical advice, they should use NHS111 online (people should only call NHS111 if they cannot get online) before they leave their home or let visitors in. Cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean someone must continue to stay at home for more than 7 days.

if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Hygiene information

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

One of the key ways we can all help avoid catching and spreading infections like coronavirus is to practice good personal hygiene. So please make sure you:

  • Avoid direct hand contact with your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Maintain good hand hygiene – washing hands with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser:after coughing or sneezing after going to the toilet before eating and drinking. You should wash your hands for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid direct contact with people that have a respiratory illness and avoid using their personal items such as mobile phones.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with disposable tissues and dispose of them in the nearest waste bin after use.

 

Help stop the spread film

The Department of Health and Social Care has also produced a short film about how you can help to stop the spread of infection, please have a look at it below.

Coronavirus – help stop the spread film

Further information

For more detailed information see the latest updates from Public Health England below.

Public Health England Coronavirus information

Donations

We have received a huge number of generous donations from the public for which we are extremely greatful. If you would like information on how to donate them visit our donations page.

Coronavirus bereavement information

For information on coronavirus bereavement support please see the page from Cruse below.

Cruse coronavirus bereavement support.

Coronavirus risk assessment report

Risk assessment report on Covid19 from the Health and Safety Executive is below.

 HSE Staff risk assessment COVID-19 updated March 2021

 

 

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