We have provided an update below regarding the clinical and operational management of COVID-19 at University Hospital Southampton and will endeavour to keep people informed of the latest developments or changes within the organisation as regularly as we can.
We have a highly-skilled and experienced team of experts which includes clinicians from infection prevention, microbiology and infectious diseases, divisional clinical and operational management, emergency planning and senior executives dealing with our response 24/7 and we would like to assure everyone immediate and robust action is taken when any issues arise.
We have and will continue to treat patients with COVID-19 and we would like to reiterate our thanks to the teams who are caring for them and their professionalism under very difficult circumstances.
A number of patients we have treated in hospital recently who tested positive and had underlying health conditions recovered well enough after receiving the appropriate care to be discharged home and that is a really important message to share.
We are currently in the process of writing to all patients with booked appointments to inform them that we may need to cancel them in order to prioritise urgent cases on clinical need as we manage demand, may transfer them to virtual outpatient clinics or telephone appointments where possible and that they may be seen by other members of their clinical teams during this period.
Currently, if patients have a planned appointment and have not heard from us then they should attend unless they are contacted by us directly or are self-isolating and following government guidance. If they cannot attend we will endeavour to telephone them at the date and time of their appointment.
There has been a fantastic effort from staff across the Trust over the past two weeks to adapt and put contingency plans into play and, as part of these preparations, the organisation has agreed £2 million investment in critical care equipment.
We will continue to publish relevant public information on our website uhs.nhs.uk and also advise you to check the Public Health England website for all the latest updates on COVID-19.
Posted on Thursday 19 March 2020