Planned (elective) treatment
The number of coronavirus patients has increased across our hospital sites. As such, we have put a number of measures in place to ensure we are able to look after an increasing number of patients. Please read the below information to find out how this might affect you.
Due to the increasing number of coronavirus patients, we have paused all non-urgent inpatient activity and day case surgery. The exception to this will be emergency procedures that need to take place within 72 hours to save a life or prevent significant loss of function.
If you have an appointment for planned surgery we will be in touch about rescheduling your procedure.
If you are coming in for emergency planned surgery or treatment, we will arrange for you to have a COVID-19 test, usually three days before your admission date. After your test, you will need to self-isolate until you come into hospital. Your treatment will only go ahead as scheduled if the test shows you do not have COVID-19.
See our Who can visit page for information on whether you can have visitors during your stay.
Due to the increasing number of coronavirus patients, we are currently only offering face-to-face outpatient appointments in urgent cases that cannot take place by video or phone.
We are continuing with video and phone consultations to avoid unnecessary trips to hospital. However, we are currently very busy and may need to reschedule your appointment. We will contact you to let you know how and when your appointment will take place. If you haven’t heard from us within 24 hours of your appointment, please assume that it has been cancelled – we will be in touch with you as soon as we can to rearrange.
If you have:
- an outpatient appointment coming up, we will contact you about whether it will take place by video, by phone, or at the hospital
- a video consultation, see the Video consultations page
- an urgent face-to-face appointment, see the Attending our hospitals page
If you are coming into hospital, also see the Attending our hospitals page.