Western Trust COVID19 Information Updates
Regular updates will be posted on this webpage in addition to the Western Trust Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
To watch previous COVID19 video messages from our Corporate Management, please click here.
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Changes to Services
Patients will be contacted directly by the Trust with regard to any cancellations or changes to already scheduled appointments. Patients should note that they may be contacted by a ‘withheld/private number’.
As health and social care divert resources to care for Coronavirus patients, health service activity across Northern Ireland will be significantly curtailed.
Visiting to Hospitals is Suspended
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, all visiting to our hospitals has now been suspended, with very limited exceptions.
The ONLY exceptions to this are:
- PAEDIATRICS/NEONATAL: Any babies/children been treated can be accompanied by one parent or carer at a time.
- MATERNITY: A person in labour can be accompanied by one birthing partner. There are no visitors permitted in ante-natal or post-natal ward areas.
- PALLIATIVE (end of life) Care: One visitor to be permitted to visit – duration and timing of the visit must be agreed in advance with the Ward Sister or Charge Nurse.
- EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES: We recognise a small number of patients may have specific support requirements for their communication or challenging behaviour needs due to a pre-existing condition. To meet the needs of the individual this may necessitate 1 carer/family member for a period per day supporting the patient whilst in hospital. In these circumstances, please contact the Ward Sister/ Charge Nurse to discuss if this additional support is required during the admission and how this support can be facilitated. Please note any agreement is subject to change based on clinical need.
DO NOT visit if you are feeling unwell, especially if you have a high temperature or new persistent cough. Children are also not permitted to visit.
You MUST thoroughly wash your hands or use sanitiser on entry when visiting. You should be bare below the elbows and have no jewellery except a flat wedding band. You should wash your hands or use sanitiser again when leaving.
If you can, please arrange a ‘virtual visit’ with your relative or friend on their smartphone or tablet. All Western Trust hospitals have access to free Wi-Fi and our staff can help set this up on the patient’s device.
Please be patient. Our staff will have to prioritise clinical work and patient care.
From Tuesday 31 March 2020 Patient Access to our acute hospitals will be limited to the following areas:-
- Main Entrance adjacent to the Multi-storey carpark from 7am – 8pm. After 8pm via Southwing Main Entrance
- Emergency Department
- Southwing Entrance for both Maternity and Gynae patients only
South West Acute Hospital
- Main Entrance
- Children’s Entrance – for GP Referral Pathway Only
- Emergency Department
Community Planning and Information
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Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID19).
- Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
- Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible
- Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information
- Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
- Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
- Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services
Everyone should follow these measures as much as is pragmatic. For those who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant, we strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can, and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family where possible.
This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.
COVID19 Staff Testing service is now operational across the Western Trust with one centre in Altnagelvin Area Hospital and one centre in Enniskillen . It is important that we have a consistent approach to accessing COVID19 Staff Screening. Testing is for health care workers or a person in their household that they have direct contact with who is displaying COVID19 symptoms.
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Click on the link below to visit the NI Direct Website for advice.
How you can help
We would like to express our sincere thanks to businesses, schools and the general public for their cooperation, support and kindness over the past few weeks.
We have been inundated with messages and offers to donate many items, such as refreshments for staff, accommodation and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We very much appreciate all these kind gestures.
In an effort to manage the many donations and to ensure that people are not coming to our hospitals unnecessarily, a number of drop-off points across the Western Trust area have been established.
If you would like to make a donation of unopened / unused PPE or non-perishable food or toiletries, please contact our Health Improvement Team on email@example.com or 028 7186 5127. Please contact the team prior to making your donation or travelling to a drop-off centre.
If you would like information on providing accommodation support to our staff, please contact StaffAccommodation.TeamALT@westerntrust.hscni.net
If you are interested in volunteering, please visit https://www.volunteernow.co.uk/volunteering/ for more information
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