Feeling worried about your appointment?
Because of COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus), we know that you might be feeling worried about coming to our hospital or community centres for an appointment, but we are doing lots of extra things to keep you safe during your visit.
More appointments by telephone or video call
We are organising more of our appointments by telephone or by video at the moment.
This means you might not need to travel to your appointment and can have it at home instead.
We will only invite you to come to a face-to-face appointment if you really need one.
Face-to-face appointments might feel a bit different
- If you need to come to our hospital or community centres for a face-to-face appointment, you might notice that there there are fewer families around. Having more appointments by telephone and video call, means that our buildings might feel less busy. Having less people inside our buildings helps to keep you safe.
- Our staff may be wearing masks in some areas, gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) at the moment to keep you as safe as possible. Here is a funny cartoon by the artist Katie Chappell, which you can find in our buildings, explaining why this might make us look a bit silly! Please don't worry, all our staff are still really friendly and always try to make you happy and comfortable.
- Remember that you can speak to us if you feel unsure about anything or have any questions.
What do you need to do when you arrive at our hospital or community site for an appointment?
You can come to your appointment with up to two members of your family or carers.
If you are over 11 years of age, please wear a mask if you are asked to as this helps to protect our most vulnerable patients. Thank you for helping us to keep everyone safe.
There will be hand gel at our entrances to clean your hands.
You will go to the reception desk and tell the adult your name and then you can sit down.
You will go to your appointment. You might be examined by a doctor or nurse. Your family member or carer might come with you or might wait for you in a different room.
After your appointment, you can use hand gel to clean your hands again.