Please use the NHS website for general health information about Coronavirus and when to seek medical help.
Do not leave your home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Do not leave your home if you have either:
- high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
As part of our response to the coronavirus, some appointments will now be carried out by telephone. Patients affected by this can be reassured that cases have been reviewed by a doctor or a nurse who has concluded that it is safe for you to be offered a telephone appointment. Patients who are offered telephone appointments do not need to come to hospital and a relevant doctor or nurse will telephone you instead.
Cancellation of operations, appointments or procedures
In line with well-established plans for situations like this, every hospital in England has now been asked to suspend all non-urgent elective operations from 15 April for at least three months, with some other procedures likely to be rescheduled before then so we can train our staff and adapt certain areas.
Urgent and emergency cases and cancer treatments will be carrying on as normal, but we know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried, and we will be contacting everyone affected as soon as possible.
If you are affected by either of the above you will receive a letter or telephone call from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust with more information.
To minimise infection and keep our patients safe at this time visiting times have been suspended. Please see our latest news page for more information.
A number of our clinical services have produced specific COVID-19 advice for their patients. Please use the links below to access this:
- Maternity - see information leaflets about planning your birth, looking after yourself and parent information.
- Adult Critical Care (Intensive Care)
- Paediatric Rheumatology
- Leeds Children's Hospital
- HIV Outpatient Service
We have produced some easy to follow information and advice for vulnerable patient groups about keeping safe during the coronavirus outbreak. Please download in easy read format here.
Keeping active at home
A booklet has been developed to support older people and those who are shielded to be active and healthy at home.
Being active is good for our physical and mental wellbeing. If you are waiting for treatment, being active is one of the best things you can do to look after your health, as part of a healthy lifestyle. Being active at a level that feels comfortable is unlikely to make your health worse; in fact it can help to manage many health conditions.
Our patient experience team are providing a number of new support services to help patients and their families during COVID-19. Please use the links below to find out more:
- Sending letters to loved ones in hospital
- Getting belongings to loved ones in hospital
- Talking to loved ones in hospital
- Comfort care packs
- Interpreting and BSL
- Support for carers
We understand that people may be feeling anxious about attending our Emergency Departments at the moment and not want to contribute to the current pressures on the NHS, however, we want to remind people that both departments are still open.
If you, or anyone you live with, has any symptoms of a serious illness or injury such as a heart attack, stroke or severe bleeding, please call 999 or attend the Emergency Department.
Dr Wayne Hamer, Consultant in Emergency Medicine explains some of the changes in our Emergency Departments at St James's Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary.
Information about help with food, money and work and how council services are affected can be found on the Leeds City Council website.