To help limit the spread of COVID-19 and to continue to keep patients, visitors and staff safe, Kingston Hospital are asking those coming in to the hospital to wear face masks, sanitise their hands and to observe social distancing. Temperature checks will also take place using scanning thermometers for all patients entering the hospital.
In line with national guidance, Kingston Hospital is continuing to offer the majority of outpatient appointments virtually, however face-to-face appointments are beginning to be offered to some patients, where a virtual appointment is not possible. Maternity services, cancer services and urgent care services continue to run as normal.
In light of the expected increase in patients coming in to the hospital, the Trust is piloting a one-way system to manage the flow of patients and staff around the site.
The Trust is also making some changes to visiting restrictions. From Tuesday 16 June, patients on certain wards can be visited by a family member or friend once a week, during a booked time slot.
Kingston Hospital’s director of nursing and quality, Sally Brittain, said: “We understand that patients may be worried about coming in to hospital, but we would like to reassure them that we are taking a number of precautions within all of our buildings. Our priority is to keep everyone safe and to minimise the risk of COVID-19 infection. We would like to thank patients and visitors in advance for their co-operation.”