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We are currentlly closed to all visitors

St Peter’s Hospital has introduced a series of measures to ensure you are kept safe during your visit.

 

COVID-19 - ASPH Visiting Restrictions

Due to the increase in cases of Covid-19 and the emergence of the Omicron variant, additional visiting restrictions are now in place at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals. This is to reduce footfall within our hospital sites and to help minimise the risk of transmission to protect patients and the team. All members of the public, including visitors, must take a lateral flow test no more than 48 hours before entering any of our hospital sites.

Any patients who have a registered carer may have a daily visit of up to 1 hour. This includes the patient groups of learning difficulties and severe dementia. No children or babies will be allowed. There is one slot available every day for each bed/patient. End of life visits continue to be permitted.

There will be no visiting permitted for adult inpatients who do not have a registered carer. Children’s wards, maternity, A&E and ITU are managing the situation locally as highlighted in this graphic.

There is a dedicated telephone line manned by one volunteer for permitted visitors to book a time to see their loved one. The number is 01932 723318. Due to current visiting restrictions, the hours of our visiting booking line will be Monday to Friday, 09:30 - 1600. If any visitors need to book a visiting slot outside of those hours they will need to contact the relevant ward direct.

Friends and Family - if you are delivering items for a loved one who is an inpatient at St Peter's please bring these items in a labelled bag to the Main Reception at SPH and NOT the Duchess of Kent entrance. We cannot accept items that are delivered to any other entrance. The Front of House team will then arrange for a porter to deliver them to the wards.

Ashford hospital will no longer be allowing inpatient visiting, except for main carers visiting patients on Wordsworth Ward and Chaucer Ward, as highlighted above. Please phone 01784 884488 if you are enquiring about a patient.

This situation will be constantly reviewed and further visiting changes may occur depending on Covid-19 incidence within our community and also transmission rates.

Please watch this short video for more information.

Thanks for your support and cooperation.

Andrea Lewis RRC
Chief Nurse

 

St Peter’s Hospital

Ward Type Location Direct Dial Number
Ash Ward (and School) Paediatrics Level 3,
Duchess of Kent Wing
01932 722714
Aspen Ward Medical Level 4,
Duchess of Kent Wing
01932 723907
Birch Acute Cardiac Unit (BACU) Medical Level 4,
Duchess of Kent Wing
01932 722012
Clinical Assessment Unit (CAU) Emergency   01932 722010
Cedar Ward Medical Level 4,
Duchess of Kent Wing
01932 722003
Cherry Ward (Older Persons Ward) Medical Level 3,
Duchess of Kent Wing
01932 722935
Chestnut Ward Medical Level 4,
Duchess of Kent Wing
01932 726708
Discharge Lounge Discharge Level 3,
Main Building
01932 722933
Endoscopy Unit Surgical Level 3,
Outpatients Block
01932 726575
Falcon Ward Surgical Level 2,
Abbey Wing
01932 722287
Heron Ward Surgical   01932 723267
Holly Ward Medical Level 4,
Duchess of Kent Wing
01932 723257
ICU Critical Care Level 3,
Duchess of Kent Wing
01932 722135
Joan Booker Maternity / Child Health Level 1,
Abbey Wing
01932 722291
Kingfisher Ward Surgical Level 2,
Abbey Wing
01932 722380
Labour Ward Maternity Abbey Wing 01932 722663
Maple Ward Medical Level 3,
Duchess of Kent Wing
01932 723137
May Ward Medical Level 4,
Duchess of Kent Wing
01932 722014
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Children Level 3,
Abbey Wing
01932 722667
Oak Ward (and Little Oaks) Children/day Unit Level 3,
Duchess of Kent Wing
01932 722016
Robin Ward Surgical Duchess of Kent Wing 01932 723941
01932 722932
Swan Ward Orthopaedic Abbey Wing 01932 723220
Swift Ward Medical   01932 722201
Willow Ward Medical   01932 723079

 

Click here for access guide to St Peter's Hospital or the follow the ward links above.

 

Wearing Face Masks in our Hospitals

All patients, visitors, and staff are expected to use a new surgical mask issued by the checkpoint teams when they arrive at all hospital sites. If you are wearing your own face covering or mask you will be asked to remove this and use a new mask for the duration of your visit. The mask must cover your mouth and nose and be worn at all times, unless your clinician asks you to remove it.

There are checkpoints by each entrance and you will be asked to use the hand sanitiser provided and have your temperature taken (by a forehead thermometer). On exit, please dispose of the mask in the clinical waste bin provided and sanitise your hands.

It is expected that everyone on the hospital sites wears a mask with the following exceptions, in line with national guidance:

  • children under the age of 11 (Public Health England do not recommended face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons)
  • people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • where putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
  • if you are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate

 

Lateral Flow Testing for Members of the Public

We currently have a number of Infection Prevention and Control measures in place within Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals. To help prevent the spread of Covid-19 within our hospitals we ask that all members of the public undertake a lateral flow test no more than 48 hours before coming into the hospital. This is to help keep patients, visitors, and our team as safe as possible.

 

Other Key Measures

  • There are 3 designated entrances:
    • Main Entrance - Endoscopy, Neurophysiology, MRI, Respiratory physiology, Cardiac physiology, Radiology, Dermatology.
    • Duchess of Kent - staff entrance
    • Abbey Wing - Women’s and Children’s services
  • You will be only permitted into the building 10 minutes before your appointment time.
  • Please try and attend your hospital visit by yourself. Anyone attending with you is likely to be refused entry to the hospital / asked to wait in the car unless there is a valid reason for them to support you during your appointment.
  • Inside each entrance is a ‘screening’ station / checkpoint. You will be asked a series of COVID related screening questions. To avoid a wasted trip on the day please do not attend if you are experiencing a fever, fatigue, cough or sore throat or currently taking antipyretic medication to combat fever (paracetamol / ibuprofen etc).
  • A member of staff will obtain your temperature;
    • If “green” indicating your temperature is below 37.8 you will be able to proceed to your appointment
    • If “red” a second temperature will be taken on a different thermometer
    • If second “red” you will be advised of this and the fact that you may not be able to proceed with their appointment. You will be directed to an area of privacy and the service with whom your appointment is with will be contacted for their advice. If the appointment needs to be postponed, you will be asked to return home with the recommendation and contact 111, if necessary for further advice. The department with whom you had your appointment will arrange a new appointment
  • If queuing for entry to the hospital, the screening desk, a reception desk or sitting in one of the waiting areas please maintain at least a 2 metre distance from any other patient.
  • We have reduced the number of patients booked into each session to allow time for the additional screening measures.
  • Finally, although you are not required to self-isolate for this appointment, please ensure you minimise contact with others as much as possible in the 14 days leading up to your appointment.

Please support St Peter’s Hospital in following the guidance written above and in doing so helping to keep patients and staff safe.

 

Changes to the visiting arrangements for patients at the end-of-life

We have made some changes to the visiting arrangements for patients at the end-of-life. We are now able to accommodate one nominated visitor for up to one hour each day or two nominated visitors on alternate days during a patients stay. The patient must still be referred and reviewed by the Specialist Palliative Care Team prior to visiting, and visits must be pre-arranged each day with the ward nursing team.

 

Visiting Restrictions

Please watch this short video for more information.

Lateral Flow Tests

We currently have a number of Infection Prevention and Control measures in place within Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals. To help prevent the spread of Covid-19 within our hospitals we ask that all members of the public undertake a lateral flow test no more than 48 hours before coming into the hospital. This is to help keep patients, visitors, and our team as safe as possible.