Coronavirus Health information

Please use the NHS website for general health information about coronavirus and when to seek medical help.

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you have coronavirus symptoms.

Please use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Managing Recovery

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After Being in a Healthcare Setting

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Coronavirus Vaccination Information

For specific information about the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, your eligibility for the vaccine, details of local walk-in vaccination clinics and other details please visit the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin ICS website.

You can also visit the UK Government website for the latest information about the Coronavirus Vaccine.

Visiting patients

(Updated 29 April 2022)

We are pleased to be able to welcome visitors back to the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal Hospitals, after visiting was previously suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

From Tuesday 3 May 2022, all adult in-patients are allowed one visitor for one hour per day between the times of 11.30am – 8pm. 

Please ensure you have confirmed your visit with the ward prior to your visit. See our Ward Directory for contact information.

There will continue to be additional flexibility and support for compassionate visiting (special circumstances) and for those patients with specific needs. There are also separate visiting arrangements for Children’s Wards and Maternity which are all detailed below. Visiting does not apply across all areas of the Trust, in areas where patients with Covid-19 are being treated visiting restrictions will be in place.

COVID-19 numbers in our hospitals remain at significant levels and visitors must follow some key requirements, including wearing face masks and observing social distancing. All visitors are encouraged to take an LFT at home beforehand.

Visitors will be expected to wear PPE which will include a face mask, gloves and an apron for the duration of the visit.

Please DO NOT attend our hospitals if you are COVID-19 positive, are showing relevant symptoms, feel unwell, or are isolating.

Visitors must confirm their visit with the ward, as all visiting arrangements and remaining restrictions are kept under constant review in line with national guidelines and are subject to change at short notice.

Please be aware that visitors may be asked to leave the patient’s bedside temporarily whilst clinical duties and handovers are undertaken.

We recognise the real impacts the visiting restrictions have had on people, and we thank our communities for their patience and understanding during this time.

Compassionate Visiting (Special Circumstances)

Additional visiting may be permitted in exceptional circumstances such as:

  • When a patient is considered at End of Life
  • When a patient is given a life limiting or palliative diagnosis
  • When a patient requires familiar support with communication, dietary or mental health needs including, but not restricted to, patients with Learning Disabilities, Dementia, Delirium with agitation, complex long-term health needs, or severe emotional distress

Compassionate visiting arrangements can be discussed with the Ward Manager or nurse in charge.

Children’s Ward

Compassionate visiting will continue for patients under the age of 18, where one parent/carer is allowed to be with the child. Two named guardians are permitted and these visitors can alternate. The same applies for patients under the age of 18 who are not on a paediatric ward.

Maternity 

Delivery Suite: Two birth partners can attend and will be given a visiting wristband.

Antenatal (Ward 22) and Postnatal (Ward 21): One support partner is able to visit between 9am – 8.30pm. An additional adult visitor is able to attend between 2-5 pm and 6.30-8pm. Maximum of two visitors at the bedside at any one time.

Antenatal and Ultrasound Appointments: One support partner is allowed to accompany each woman to their booking appointment (at around 12 weeks), 16 weeks, 25 weeks, 28 weeks, 31 weeks, 34 weeks, 36 weeks, 38 weeks, 40 weeks and 41 weeks. Please be aware that children should not be brought to appointments.

Neonatal: Two parents, or a parent and named guardian, are able to visit the unit together and have access to the unit at any time, day or night.

We understand that there may be exceptional circumstances in some cases, so please speak to your midwife or care team prior to attending the hospital to discuss any requirements you may have.

Emergency Departments

Patients attending the Emergency Department, Surgical Assessment Unit or Medical Assessment Unit can be accompanied by one nominated person. The person supporting the patient should remain consistent and not change. Additional support may be permitted in exceptional circumstances.

Outpatient and Diagnostic areas

Patients attending outpatient appointments can be accompanied by a nominated person to support them.

Specific Needs

You can accompany someone into our hospitals if you are:

  • Supporting them and the patient has a mental health issue such as dementia; a learning disability or autism where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed
  • A carer for a vulnerable patient, or interpreter
  • Supporting them at an outpatient appointment where they may become distressed

Thank you for your cooperation and help in this. 

Stay in touch with patients

Please remember there are a range of options to keep in touch with patients whilst they are in hospital:

  • Our Chaplaincy Team are on hand to offer support
  • Patients can access ward iPads/mobile phones if they do not have their own
  • You can send a patient a message by clicking here
  • Items can be purchased over the phone from our League of Friends shops and then delivered to your loved one. Royal Shrewsbury Hospital: 01743 261008 / Princess Royal Hospital: 01952 641222

Dropping off items for patients

With some visiting restrictions still in place, it is important to keep patients connected with the people who are important to them.

We have a patient property drop off service to enable relatives/friends to drop off essential items and collect any items the patient wishes to send home. Only one relative or friend should come on to the site to bring the bag.

The service runs from 9am – 4pm, 7 days a week (excluding Bank Holidays) at the designated drop off areas. These are:

  • The Ward Block entrance at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
  • The Main Entrance at the Princess Royal Hospital.

Please click here to access the site map.

Important information:

Only 1 bag of essential belongings can be dropped off. The bag should be wipeable and no bigger than approximately 60cm x 60cm.

The bag must be labelled with the following information:

  • Patient’s name and date of birth (if known),
  • The ward the patient is on, and
  • The name and telephone number of the person dropping the bag off.

You will be asked to show your ID when you arrive to confirm your identity.

You will also be asked to fill in a form to confirm the items which have been dropped off/collected.

What to Bring: What not to bring:
  • Toiletries,
  • Clothing items,
  • Glasses, dentures, and hearing aids,
  • Toothbrush and hairbrush,
  • Mobile phone/tablet,
  • Headphones,
  • Chargers,
  • Books/magazines,
  • A letter for your loved one or photograph,
  • Small items of food that do not need to go in the fridge (e.g. biscuits, fruit squash).
  • Large bags or cases,
  • Valuables (e.g. jewellery),
  • Large amounts of money,
  • Flowers, plants or balloons,
  • Glass or breakable containers,
  • Cooked or uncooked meals, and
  • Sharp items, aerosols and other items that may pose a risk.

Unable to drop items off?

You can purchase items from our League of Friends shop at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Friends of PRH shop at the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford, which will be delivered to your loved one. Items which can be purchased include: toiletries, magazines, cards and small items of food that do not need to go in the fridge (e.g. biscuits). Purchases are subject to a £5 minimum and your card details will be taken over the phone.

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital: Email: lee.herkes@nhs.net / Phone: 01743 261008

Princess Royal Hospital: Email: tanya.griffin@nhs.net / Phone: 01952 641222 ext: 4211

Changes to parking

Car parking charges for visitors and patients have now been re-introduced at our hospitals. More information about parking charges is available here

Information for pregnant women

Information for pregnant women, including frequently asked questions, is available on our maternity services page.

Help and Support

e-library and audio books

  • Calibre Audio is a charity which lend free audiobooks for anyone who is print disabled
  • You can join an online library to access e-books, magazines and audiobooks: Shropshire e-Library
  • If you feel isolated and need someone to talk to or need practical help: Campaign to End Loneliness
  • Age UK have a 24 hour chat line: 0800 4708090
  • Age Cymru is offering a check in and chat telephone service for the over 70s in Wales who live alone: 0800 223 444 or online.

Measures announced to help limit the spread of Coronavirus include people staying at home wherever possible. However, there are some circumstances in which help and support may be needed. No matter what the circumstances are, there is never an excuse for domestic abuse.

Staying in touch

Whilst it is a difficult time due to coronavirus and there are restrictions in place which prevent you from seeing family and friends who may be receiving treatment and care within the hospital, there are ways you can stay in touch or let them know that you are thinking of them.

Telephone or Video Call

There is free NHS WiFi available across the Trust. If the person you care about is in hospital and they have a mobile phone or tablet with them then you can contact them by telephone or video call. Another option is to record a message for them which they can listen to or watch.

Send a Comfort Pebble

If someone you care about is being treated for coronavirus then you can send them a comfort pebble to let them know that you are thinking of them. Comfort pebbles have been introduced to enable the person you care for to have something that they can hold and keep close to them as a reminder of their family and friends who are thinking of them. CLICK HERE TO SEND A PEBBLE.

Send a Message

Do you have a loved one staying in one of our hospitals? You can now brighten their day by sending them a message that will be safely printed and delivered to them! For more information and to send your message please visit the Send Your Message page.

Video Call

Links for how to stay in touch using:

WhatsApp:

If you can’t find the resources you are looking for they may be available through Health Education England, information is frequently added from trusted sources and has sections tailored for children and young people, older people, people who require information in accessible formats:  https://library.nhs.uk/coronavirus-resources/

Healthwatch Shropshire wants to know how the current pandemic is affecting people in Shropshire, their well-being, how they are finding useful information, how they are being supported, what helps them cope and how their experience of health and social care has been affected. You can read more and take the survey on the Healthwatch Website.

Information in other formats & languages

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Books beyond words are books with no text – they have no language barrier, and can be easier to understand. The books can be used by the images alone or through looking at the images with someone who shares the story with you. The books help the person to tell the story in their own words and start discussion on what is seen.

Want to Help?

An incredible amount of people have messaged us with kind offers of support, including food, accommodation and donations. This support is invaluable to us. If you think you can help, then please email us at we.supportsath@nhs.net – please include details and any contact information and a member of the team will get back to you.

PPE
If you/your company would like to donate or help with PPE then please visit our dedicated PPE Page.

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