We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert.

This means you must:
  • take regular lateral flow tests
  • wash your hands regularly
  • do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough, a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or tastel), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

  • for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
  • for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you're unable to get help online
  • for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

We wanted to make you aware of the testing requirements that we apply for any patients coming to the RNOH for a procedure. If you are coming in, you will be required to have a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test three days prior to your procedure. The team will book you an appointment to attend for a COVID-19 test. This will be on the RNOH Stanmore site in a dedicated separate area, carried out by a specially trained team to keep you safe. The test is a simple swab of the back of the throat & nose. If you are unable to make your test appointment or not willing to undertake this test –your surgery may, unfortunately, be delayed. If you have any questions or queries please discuss these with your pre-operative assessment team who will be happy to help or provide you with more information.

  • Patients and accompanying parents/carers are required to be re-tested for Covid-19 on admission, day 3, and day 7, and weekly thereafter where applicable
  • All inpatients require a PCR test (Polymerase Chain Reaction test, the nasal and throat swabs)
  • Day cases requiring admission to a bed and / or a General Anaesthetic or sedation require a PCR test
  • Outpatient appointment – no PCR test required
  • X-ray, imaging – no PCR test – except if a General Anaesthetic or sedation is required
  • Plaster theatre – no PC test unless the patient is admitted as inpatient

Patients who have received the Covid-19 vaccination are still required to take a PCR test if they fall into any of the relevant groups above. Vaccination will not guarantee that a person will not get infected and/or carry the Covid-19 virus.  An individual’s response to the vaccine varies and depends on a lot of factors including the patient’s immune system response to the Covid vaccine, and they may still be at risk of being infected and/or carry the virus but with potentially less complications or life-threatening effects.  The vaccination also does not guarantee that it covers all of the current Covid-19 strains that are circulating in the wider community.

These tests are a priority for the hospital to ensure you get the procedure or surgery you need. They also help keep you, other patients and our staff, safe. PCR tests are processed under authorised strict laboratory conditions and are the only viable option for pre-surgery testing; no other tests are currently available as an alternative (for example Lateral flow). The PCR tests are simple, safe, and low risk of any harm.

Information Regarding Face Coverings

From 20 June, staff, patients & visitors will no longer be required to wear face masks at RNOH. If you still wish to wear a mask, you are free to do so & masks will be available. If you have any concerns, please ask the staff member in charge for guidance.

To ensure our patients and members of staff feel confident and safe in our hospital, we will be putting up information to inform them that we have removed the mandatory face mask/cover in the hospital. However, for any patients, visitors, and staff who wish to continue using masks, they will be available in the Trust.  We will also put up signage for patients informing them that, when in contact with a member of staff, they can ask the staff member to wear a mask, if they feel safer doing so.

For the benefit of our patients, we will also go back to pre-pandemic visiting rules and regulations. Again, to ensure patients’ safety, we will request family and friends make sure that they do not come to the hospital if they have any symptoms, however mild.  

For chaperones for patients in SAPU (Surgical Admissions & Procedure Unit) and in all Outpatient settings in Stanmore and Bolsover St. (including therapies, X-ray and scanning, etc.), the general rule is:

  • For adults - only one chaperone for a patient unless there are exceptional circumstances (i.e. due to patient care needs, etc.)
  • For paediatrics – two parents/carers may accompany the patient

Please be aware that if there is an increase in infection incidence or the need to manage an outbreak, mask-wearing and/or restricted visiting may be put in place at short notice.

If you have any concerns the PALS team can be contacted on 0208 909 5439