Staying safe in our hospitals and on campus
Your safety – whether working or studying – is very important to us. Our partners have been working hard to make sure their sites remain safe places for patients to visit, staff to work and students to study.
Across our partner organisations, protective measures against COVID-19, such as hand-washing regularly and wearing face-masks, are in place. We look at some of the measures each of our partner organisations have put in place:
Since the number of COVID-19 patients being treated at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has reduced, the Trust has been able to increase the range of services available for patients with other conditions.
The Trust has introduced several measures to help people ‘stay safe and keep apart’. New signs have been placed on site to advise patients visiting hospitals or community sites for face-to-face appointments or surgery.
The steps the Trust is taking include:
- separating or physically distancing as much as possible, where caring for patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 or may have symptoms of COVID-19, and where patients are being treated for urgent surgery
- following national guidance for infection prevention and making sure staff and volunteers are trained in how to limit the spread of infection in hospitals
- asking patients coming in for surgery to self-isolate and to have a COVID-19 swab test
- deep cleaning hospital theatres, equipment and wards regularly, in line with national guidance
- having the right levels of staffing and equipment so that appointments and surgery can take place safely.
You can read about Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’s changes in full and their frequently asked questions on their website.
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have begun to operate several face-to-face outpatient clinics where necessary and practicable. However, virtual or telephone consultations continue to take place for the remaining services to avoid unnecessary visits to the Trust’s hospitals. Patients will be contacted about whether upcoming appointments will take place virtually or at the hospital.
For patients coming into hospitals for face-to-face appointments, protective measures are in place to mitigate against the transmission of COVID-19:
- screens to protect reception staff and patients
- patients entering the hospital are asked to wash or sanitise their hands, on arrival and departure
- patients are asked to use their own face covering while in the Trust’s buildings
- patients with an appointment should arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before their allotted appointment time, to keep the number of people in waiting rooms to an absolute minimum
- coffee shops and food retail outlets will only allow a limited number of people, and seating will be reduced to ensure the Trust complies with the Government’s social distancing rules patients are asked to attend appointments on their own, unless they are frail and need the assistance of one other person or they are disabled or have a learning disability and will need one other person to help them. Women in labour are also allowed one birth partner.
Patients, and any chaperones, attending outpatient clinics or the labour ward should only come into the hospital if they are free from the symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone who has symptoms must not come to the hospital and should follow Government guidance on self-isolation.
For more information, visit the King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s website.
Like Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has changed its services and the way it works to ensure the safety of patients, staff and visitors.
The Trust still sees people face-to-face but many appointments are now offered online and by phone. The Trust continues to follow social distancing guidelines and wearing masks, as well as limiting public access to hospital sites to reduce risks for patients and staff.
For more information on the measures in place at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, visit their website.
King’s College London is preparing for the new academic year and for new and returning students.
Detailed planning and preparations have been undertaken to adapt teaching, services and operations to meet the needs of the King’s College London community of students and staff in this extended period of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The university is committed to ensuring an excellent and inclusive education for its students, and the safety of students and staff come first. Therefore, the university will be flexible in its approach and respond to potentially changing circumstances that could affect the health and wellbeing of our community.
For more information, visit the King's College London website.
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