We are still able to offer consultations. Where a virtual consultation is not sufficient we can offer a face to face appointment but availability of sessions we can do this in are limited.
None of the private hospitals are currently offering elective surgery. This is temporary and about to change in the next couple of weeks. By April 1st private surgery will have started again, but there is a small waiting list now even in the private sector.
The pre-surgery process is altered due to COVID and has been changed to help ensure everyone’s protection against risk of infection. The hospitals that we are using to perform this surgery in do not look after patients with COVID. The staff working in them are having regular weekly or twice weekly testing (depending on test used) for COVID. In addition a significant proportion have been vaccinated and that number is increasing everyday. In order to reduce the risk of patients bringing COVID to the hospital a special protocol has to be followed.
This advice was intended to be both informative and reassuring. Remember if things changed recently the detail of the instruction may alter and if what you are told by the hospital differed please follow their advice and if you have any questions on this process please ask the hospital you are coming to for clarity. The process described here is generic rather than specific for this reason.
Follow the governments social distancing and rules on how to behave closely. This will keep you as safe as possible from contracting COVID. In particular remember to wash hands regularly for 20 seconds including every time you re-enter your home and before you eat. By now you’ll have already been doing this for at least 2 weeks, which is the recognised incubation period from contracting COVID to displaying any symptoms. As part of the pre-operation process you will have a pre-admission appointment and a COVID swab 72 hours prior to your appointment for surgery. From getting home having been swabbed you need to stay at home till you came back in for your surgery. If you’ve been given a body wash to use before surgery this is not for COVID but to reduce the risk of a wound infection. Please still use it as instructed.
This is the essence of the extra steps you’ll need to follow. Follow them and everyone will have done what they can to make this as safe as possible. These hospitals are safe to receive care in.