Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust has been welcoming patients in for routine appointments safely.
Just like the rest of the NHS, the number one priority for the last few months in Tameside and Glossop has been ensuring that all those who need emergency care – not just those with coronavirus – have been able to get it when they need it.
Combined with the need to avoid unnecessary contact to reduce the spread of the virus, this has meant that some non-urgent appointments and surgeries may have been postponed, and others delivered differently using technology. Virtual appointments have had positive results at the Trust and using new technology a number of appointments will be run in this way.
To help prepare patients who are coming into the Trust for outpatient appointments, planned care or day surgery the Trust has prepared a couple of videos about what to expect during your appointment.
You can access the videos on the links below:
Those of you who do go to the hospital for planned care, outpatient appointments or to be admitted including for day surgery, you will need to wear a face covering, maintain the current social distancing guidelines and regularly sanitise or wash your hands. Visiting is still restricted at the hospital so when attending your appointment please consider that you may be required to come on your own.
If you are being admitted to hospital for a planned surgical procedure you may be asked to isolate at home prior to your admission date. You will also be asked to complete a coronavirus test 72 hours before your admission date. If you are unable to isolate effectively or be tested before coming to hospital, your admission may be rescheduled, but you will be provided with individual advice prior to your planned admission.
You can read more about what to expect when attending the hospital in the Our Services section: https://www.tamesidehospital.nhs.uk/our-services/