As the numbers of patients with Covid 19 continue to fall we are restarting our work in our private hospitals.
We can now offer face to face consultations in outpatients. When a consultation is booked you will be contacted by the hospital the day before to be asked some questions about your current health. At the entrance to the hospital your temperature will be taken and you will be given a mask to wear whilst on the premises. All staff in the hospital will be wearing masks as well. There will be gaps between each consultation so the room can be cleaned prior to the next patient’s arrival.
The radiology department is working normally and we can now book and perform X rays, CT scans and MRI scans.
We are now able to perform injections and aspirations in the out patients department. We are using treatment rooms for this and all injections will need to be booked to a specific time slot so the room can be thoroughly cleaned after the procedure has been performed. This may mean you will need to come back on another day for a steroid injection, if it is required, rather than doing it there and then in the consultation room.
Currently all the private hospitals are contracted to the NHS until the end of August. They are being used to treat NHS patients who have had their care delayed due to the elective surgery closures which were necessary to enable the NHS hospitals to have adequate capacity to deal with the Covid 19 outbreak. There will be some capacity for private work but this will be limited. It is likely that we will be able to offer a limited capacity for urgent cases and day cases initially. It may be a couple of months before we are able to do all elective inpatient surgery.
Obviously this is an evolving situation and as we know more about how and when we can return to full activity we will update the website.
Author – Hugh Chissell