Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information and Impact
29 Mar 2020
Advice for anyone who is concerned about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Whittington Health and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
From 22 March we have taken the difficult decision to stop all visitors to patients in adult wards and our emergency department.
Only one consistent visitor is permitted on our children's wards and on our maternity ward, only one birthing partner is allowed.
All maternity patients should enter the hospital via the labour ward reception (pink on the map next to number 1).
Health advice for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The NHS is well prepared to respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. You can help us to help you, everyone has a role to play in protecting themselves and others.
If you are concerned you may have Coronavirus do not visit your GP or come to our Emergency Department, instead, visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus. You can also listen to recorded information from our Chief Nurse Michelle by calling 020 7288 3211.
Stay at home if you have either:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
How long to stay at home
- if you have symptoms of coronavirus, you'll need to stay at home for seven days
- if you live with someone who has symptoms, you'll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms.
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
www.NHS.uk/coronavirus has an online Coronavirus service developed by NHS111 that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do. You can also get answers to frequently asked questions about the virus by clicking here.