Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Temporary changes at Weston General Hospital from Monday 25 May 2020

Weston General Hospital has temporarily stopped accepting new patients, including into its A&E department, as of 8am on Monday 25 May 2020.

This is a precautionary measure in order to maintain the safety of staff and patients in response to the high number of patients with coronavirus in the hospital.

The decision to take this step has been clinically-led, and is supported by partners across the wider Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) health and care system.

Arrangements are in place for new patients to continue to have access to treatment and care in other appropriate healthcare settings in the area should they need it. 

We are keeping the situation under constant review and aim to re-open the A&E department and accept new patients as soon as possible.

Please read the full details including some questions and answers.

You can also read the updates published on 26 May and 29 May.

 

Visiting restrictions

In line with the Government's strict new rules announced on Monday 23 March to help reduce the spread of infection, we have suspended visiting to our hospitals with immediate effect.

Exceptions can be made on compassionate grounds, including vulnerable patients with dementia or learning disabilities, patients with a key carer, patients receiving end-of-life care, neonatal and labour wards and children's services. These exceptions must be pre-arranged with the matron or nurse in charge. Please strictly follow hygiene and distancing advice, regularly washing your hands and using alcohol gel.

Understandably, there has been an increase in calls to our wards as we put these visiting restrictions in place.In order to get an update on your loved ones, please consider calling their personal mobile phones and devices to stay in touch, rather than call our wards directly. Free Wifi is available to everyone in our hospitals so that patients can make phone or video calls to their family and friends using apps including Facetime, WhatsApp or Skype and mobile reception is available across our site.  If you do need to call the ward for an update, please coordinate as a family so that only one person calls to avoid long wait times on ward phones.

To support relatives, friends and carers of patients currently in our hospital to keep in touch, you can now call our Macmillan Cancer Support Centre on 01934 881078 / 881079 (Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm) where staff will take a message and deliver it to specially identified ‘post wallets’ outside every ward.

If you are attending for treatment as an adult outpatient, please come into hospital by yourself. Child outpatients can be accompanied by one adult and no siblings.

You must not visit in any circumstances if you have a new persistent cough or high temperature.

Thank you for helping us keep our patients, staff and community safe.

For more information and guidance on coronavirus, please visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus. 

Car parking

There is currently no charge to park at Weston General Hospital.


 

Updated: 26/03/20

Weston General Hospital has temporarily stopped accepting new patients, including into its A&E department, as of 8am on Monday 25 May 2020.

This is a precautionary measure in order to maintain the safety of staff and patients in response to the high number of patients with coronavirus in the hospital.

The decision to take this step has been clinically-led, and is supported by partners across the wider Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) health and care system.

Arrangements are in place for new patients to continue to have access to treatment and care in other appropriate healthcare settings in the area should they need it. 

We are keeping the situation under constant review and aim to re-open the A&E department and accept new patients as soon as possible.

Please read the full details including some questions and answers.