Coronavirus (COVID-19)

EPUT services during lockdown

A national lockdown is now in place until 2 December. During this time we would like to reassure our patients and local communities that our services remain open. We are here to support you and encourage you to obtain the care that you need.

Over the last few months, the way we provide some services has changed to ensure the safety of patients, staff and community. Where appropriate, we are running phone and video consultations.

Latest information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

We know how important visitors are to our patients. At this challenging time, we are continuing to offer visiting in a careful and COVID-secure way. This is with prior arrangement to all our wards and inpatient facilities, with the exception of Cumberledge Intermediate Care Centre, St Aubyn Centre and Wood Lea Clinic in Bedford.

All visitors are required to contact the ward in advance so that we can make arrangements for you to visit safely. 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. For more information visit our information for visitors page.

The NHS is  constantly reviewing its visitor policy to ensure our patients, staff and visitors are kept as safe as possible during the coronavirus pandemic.

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