The NHS in Leeds and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The latest health information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the NHS website.
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home if you have either:
- a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.
How long to stay at home
- if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
- if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
Changes to appointments
NHS services are likely to come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and we need to ensure that we have as many beds available as possible to care for patients with severe respiratory problems when the number of infections peaks.
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.
Changes to hospital visiting times
To minimise infection and keep our patients safe, visiting times have changed to: 2pm-3pm
Only one visitor is permitted per bed and no children under 12 years old.
There are some exemptions to this policy:
- Relatives who provide carer support to inpatients - eg help with feeding, washing, etc
- Parents of children and young people who are resident in hospital
- Families of patients who are very sick or at the end of their lives
- Birthing partners
Use this service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days