Covid-19 (Coronavirus information)

This page is the central repository for all of our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) messages for the public.

Visitor information

In order to keep our women, children, families and staff as safe as possible in light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak the measures we need to take to protect those across our Trust have changed.

Read more about our changes to our visitor policy

If your child needs emergency treatment

Our hospital is well prepared to look after your child’s health during what we know is a difficult and scary time. We have taken steps to ensure that our Paediatric Emergency Department can treat all seriously unwell children safely. We have created separate areas for the management of children with possible coronavirus infection and those who are unwell for other reasons. Our staff are also following strict hygiene measures in line with government guidance.

If your child becomes unwell it is more likely to be because of an illness unrelated to coronavirus infection. It is therefore important that if your child requires urgent medical attention you bring them to see us.  

If your child is not seriously unwell but still requires medical care there are Urgent Care Centres, GPs, pharmacies and NHS 111 remain open.

Condition-specific COVID-19 guidance for children and young people

We have started to collate guidance on specific conditions. Please note that as the situation is evolving this guidance could change at any point.

Find out more about condition-specific guidance

Information for pregnant women

Our hospital is well prepared to look after you and your baby during what we know is a difficult and anxious time. Our staff are following strict infection control measures in line with government guidance to make sure that you are protected. If you have urgent concerns about your baby’s health it is very important that you call us straight away. We will be able to advise as to whether you need to come and see us. You should also continue to come in for your antenatal appointments and scans.

Information and advice regarding Coronavirus

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

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia)

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.

Read further guidance about Covid-19