Despite the easing of lockdown procedures across the country, we are still not allowing visitors to adult patients in our hospital to prevent the spread of infection. This includes our Outpatient department. If you receive a letter to attend your appointment at the Trust, we ask that where possible, you attend alone.
This will help us to minimise the number of people in the hospital and reduce the risk of spreading infection to protect our patients and staff. There may be some other exceptions to this on compassionate grounds which we will discuss with you on an individual basis.
Changes are being made to support services and we would now ask that you contact the wards using the direct lines at the end of this message for an update once daily. As with the Next of Kin helpline, updates will only be given to one family member for those patients who are unable to communicate for themselves. Friends and family are encouraged to keep in touch with patients, using their own mobile phones where this is possible.
We ask that calls are made between 1pm and 4pm each day. Due to the busy environment in the wards, calls may not be answered outside of these times.
We appreciate that if you usually look after your relative/friend this can be a very stressful and upsetting time. For emotional and practical support you can contact our partner agency, Carers in Bedfordshire.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding during these challenging times.
If you have items you wish to be delivered to a patient, please bring this to the PALS office, in the main corridor, at the Bedford Hospital Site. This must be weekdays between 14:00 and 16:00 only. We regret that items cannot be accepted outside of those hours. Hot food cannot be accepted for considerations of food hygiene and health and safety requirements
|Coronary Care Unit
|Critical Care Complex
|Reginald Hart Ward
|Richard Wells Ward
We are pleading to the public to follow national guidance and stay at home, especially if they have:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia)
Please do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or into the hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. However, please use the NHS 111 online coronavirus 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
Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online. Full Public Health advice including how to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus can be found on the NHS website here.