The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Advice for patients and visitors as additional restrictions are brought in across Leeds

25 September 2020

The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has issued fresh advice and guidance for patients and visitors today following the announcement that increased social restrictions are expected to be in place across Leeds from midnight tonight.

The Trust has continued to see a sharp rise in the number of patients admitted to hospital with covid-19, with 36 inpatients currently receiving treatment, five of which are in intensive care. Two weeks ago, just a handful of people were in hospital due to covid-19.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Phil Wood says: “In light of the rising number of cases of covid-19 and the enhanced restrictions being introduced across the city, we’ve taken the decision to reduce visiting to inpatients across our wards. There are a number of exemptions to this and we’ve published information for visitors on our website which explains how to book a visit to a patient.

“We continue to provide services as normal for people in Leeds, whether this is outpatient clinics, diagnostic tests, planned care, or emergency care. Patients can be reassured that we have measures in place to safely deliver their hospital care but they should follow the instructions provided to them by their hospital team.”   

The key information for patients and visitors to Leeds Teaching Hospitals is as follows:

Outpatients, day case and planned operations

Patients who have an appointment, day case procedure or operation scheduled should attend as planned, following the instructions provided by their hospital team.

It is very important that patients continue to attend their appointment and measures are in place across the hospitals to enable the safe delivery of care.

Inpatients, maternity and visiting

Visiting will now only be permitted in the following circumstances:

  •  Patients at the end of their life will be allowed two visitors, if this can be safely accommodated within the ward/area.
  • Patients who need help with communication and/or to meet the patients’ health and social care needs may be accompanied in hospital.
  • One parent can visit or be resident with a child at any time.
  • Women will continue to be able to be accompanied by one birthing partner
  • One person can accompany a pregnant woman to two pre-natal ultrasound scans.

In all instances, visitors will need to pre-book their visit so that the wards can safely manage the number of visitors attending at one time.

A number of services including Letters to Loved Ones and other facilities that enable telephone and virtual visits will continue to be available to patients to keep in touch with their loved ones.

Urgent and emergency care

Patients are being urged to visit www.nhs.uk or dial NHS111 for advice and signposting to local services if they need urgent care.

Patients who need to book a covid-19 test should call 119 for advice and to book a test.

Don’t come to hospital if…

Patients, visitors and members of the public are urged to stay at home if:

  • They have tested positive for covid-19
  • They have any of the symptoms of covid-19
  • They live with other people showing signs of Coronavirus or anyone who has been contacted by the Test and Trace programme.

For more information visit www.leedsth.nhs.uk