Coronavirus (COVID-19)

EPUT services during coronavirus restrictions

We would like to reassure our patients and local communities that our services remain open during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – we are here to support you and encourage you to obtain the care that you need

Check the latest coronavirus restrictions in Endland on the government website.

You should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times, including if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19. You should stay two metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay two metres apart.

Coronavirus vaccine 

For further information, visit our coronavirus vaccine page.

Latest information and advice about coronavirus

The latest information about the virus be found on the government’s coronavirus page: www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

For NHS information and what to do if you or someone you live with has symptoms, visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus. 

For looking after your mental health at this time, visit the NHS’s Every Mind Matters, www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters

More information on support to help you with your mental health can be found here.

Visiting our services during the COVID-19 pandemic

From Monday 19 July 2021, NHS patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in all of our services. Staff, patients and visitors will be expected to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting, including hospitals, GP practices, vaccination centres and pharmacies. Hospital visiting guidance will remain in place for all staff and visitors.

We know how important it is to our patients, to stay in touch with their family and loved ones.

Anyone visiting our services will be required to contact the ward in advance so that we can make arrangements for you to visit safely. This will include screening to ensure that you do not have COVID symptoms or have been in touch with anyone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection.

All visitors will be required to wear a face covering and comply with social distancing and hand hygiene measures. Face coverings can be homemade, provided they cover the mouth and nose.

Where it is safe to do so, we are supporting visiting to residents in care homes in accordance with the latest government guidelines. This includes a requirement to take a lateral flow test prior to entering the premises.

All our patients will be supported to keep in touch with family and loved ones using video calls where in-person contact is not possible.

Our visitor policy is under constant review to ensure our patients, staff and visitors are kept as safe as possible during the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information visit our information for visitors page.

Where do I go for more information?

If you have further questions regarding the changes we have made across the Trust, please contact our PALS team by telephone on 0800 0857935 or by email: epunft.pals@nhs.net

What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms

Get a test and stay at home if you have:

  • 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 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result.

Who’s at higher risk from coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) can make anyone seriously ill. But for some people, the risk is higher.

There are 2 levels of higher risk:

  • high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • moderate risk (clinically vulnerable)

For more information on who falls into these two categories and what to do visit the NHS website