Keeping you COVID Safe when you come to NBT

We are working hard to keep our staff and patients safe - please help us by following the guidance provided.

Covid-19 cases in Bristol and surrounding areas are high and as a hospital it is important we protect our patients who are at higher risk of serious illness. To reduce infection we all have a responsibility to continue handwashing, mask-wearing, social distancing, and getting vaccinated.

In line with NHS guidance, visiting restrictions remain in place. Everyone will be asked to remove their own fabric/cloth face mask and change it for a surgical mask provided at entrance points. If you are already wearing a surgical mask you do not need to change it.

Unless you are exempt from wearing a mask.

If you are vaccinated and test positive, develop coronavirus symptoms or have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to isolate, or are unvaccinated and a member of your household develops symptoms or tests positive, please follow Government guidance, do not attend the hospital and contact us using the telephone number on your appointment letter.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough, shortness of breath or any flu like symptoms
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell

If you have any concerns, please talk to a member of staff.

On the day of your appointment

  • Please come alone unless you require a carer to accompany you or have been advised otherwise.
  • Please only come at your appointment time.

While you are with us, please remember Hands. Face. Space.

  • Wash or sanitise your hands upon arrival and frequently while in the hospital.
  • Please wear a surgical mask at all times. These are provided at the hospital entrance.
  • Maintain social distancing and wait in the designated areas.
  • Less seating capacity means you may be asked to wait outside or in your car.
  • Please leave the building promptly after your appointment.

Patients coming in for surgery

It is your responsibility to make sure you follow the correct admissions guidance below.

Before the day of your procedure:

  • You must take a Covid-19 PCR test 3 days before your surgery. We will arrange this for you.
  • You must then self-isolate after taking the Covid-19 PCR test until you come into hospital.
  • If you fail to self-isolate we may rearrange your procedure date.
  • Self-isolating minimises the risk of you contracting Covid-19 prior to surgery, which could affect your recovery and endanger other patients.
  • If you fail to self-isolate, we may rearrange your procedure date.
  • If your PCR tests positive you must follow Government guidance, do not attend the hospital, and contact us using the telephone number on your hospital letter.
  • If negative, please follow the guidance below and continue to your procedure.

On the day of your procedure:

  • You must take a Rapid Lateral Flow (LFT) on the day of the procedure and report the results as we will need to see them when you arrive.
  • You can order LFTs to do at home at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow tests or pick up tests from a test site or pharmacy. For more information visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/get-tested-for-coronavirus
  • You must report your results and keep the email or text message confirmation. To report results, visit www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result If you cannot use the online service, call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines, open daily 7am to 11pm, supporting 200 languages).
  • If the LFT is positive, please follow Government guidance, do not attend the hospital, and contact us using the telephone number on your hospital letter.
    If negative, please attend the hospital for your procedure.

A relative can drop you off at your department’s reception, but they will then be asked to leave to reduce the numbers of people in the hospital. Please check the hospital website for up to date visiting information.

This information is subject to change according to new government guidance.

© North Bristol NHS Trust. Published December 2021. NBT003297