The information campaign is being run across the NHS trust website, social media platforms and via health service providers in Greenwich Borough. It aims to encourage the public to attend routine hospital appointments and reassure them that the Trust is taking extra measures to ensure their safety when they visit the hospital during the pandemic.
Jo Peck, Deputy Chief Nurse, said:
“We’ve found that lots of people are understandably nervous and are not coming in for appointments – this is obviously very worrying and could lead to people developing further health problems.
“To address this, we have produced a short film covering all the steps we’re doing to keep people safe"
The steps the Trust is taking to keep patients safe include:
- Seeing patients coming in for planned day case services in dedicated parts of both hospitals – well away from any patients who may be receiving treatment for Covid-19. At the time of writing, we just have two patients with confirmed Covid-19 across both hospitals
- Screening, all staff and patients in elective areas for Covid-19 on a daily basis by checking their temperature
- Giving patients a test for Covid-19 three days before surgery – we then only proceed with the surgery if the results come back negative
- Requiring all patients for planned treatment to self-isolate for a period of time before coming in for treatment.
- Requiring patients to wear face coverings and staff to wear masks.”
Have you or a friend or family member recently visited Queen Elizabeth or Lewisham University Hospital? We would love to hear about your experience- you can contact us at:
020 8301 8340.