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Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Arrowe Park changes to accessing the hospitals on 8th June 2020

Jun 12, 2020 | COVID-19, News

This update was received from Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge Hospital, changes to accessing the hospitals on 8th June 2020. (Both Hospitals form Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – WUTHFT.  This information does not include Clatterbridge Cancer Centre as it is a separate Trust).

Important – we want to make you aware of changes to accessing our hospitals enabling us to make our environment safer for everyone; patients, staff and those who need to visit, including business and deliveries. Please click the link to see map for details.

https://www.wuth.nhs.uk/media/14993/lockdown-map-public-v4.pdf

The wearing of masks

All staff at our hospitals will be expected to wear surgical masks from 15th June. This applies to everyone working in all areas of the hospital.

Further details on accessing surgical masks will be communicated to staff later this week.

Members of the public are now strongly advised to attend hospital wearing a face covering but a face mask will be provided to them if necessary. Please see the latest advice here.

Visiting restrictions remain in place in our hospitals apart from in exceptional circumstances.

With effect from June 8th 2020 there will be a smaller number of separate, and designated entrances, at Arrowe Park Hospital.  This is to improve how people enter, and leave, the hospital and to minimise infection risks arising from COVID-19. We will be:

  1. Restricting site access and exit at Arrowe Park, implementing social distancing measures and advising incoming patients to wear masks or face coverings.  Measures, other than site ‘lockdown’, will apply to Clatterbridge too.
  2. Installing additional hand sanitising stations entrances and directing people to use them
  3. Trialling equipment which takes temperatures, at Clatterbridge Hospital initially, as an initial screening measure to ensure symptomatic staff, patients or visitors do not enter our hospitals.
  4. Installing the necessary ID badge access control equipment to allow staff to access both hospital sites. This will be done in phases and Arrowe Park staff will receive their badges in July 2020.

Staff should not travel to and from work in uniform. Changing facilities are marked on the map. Staff, including Ambulance Staff, will be aware of the correct PPE practices when entering the hospital and/or escorting patients.

WUTHFT have introduced health risk assessment on individual staff roles and will shortly introduce departmental risk assessments. Completing these risk assessments will enable us to put in additional measures to keep everyone safe.

We realise this is a big change for everyone and there may be a need to adjust plans if circumstances arise.

The majority of staff, however, will have a simple change (or no change) to either enter the building via the basement entrance to Women and Children’s and Bowman’s or to enter and exit via Ophthalmology Reception.

Any queries, please contact [email protected] or call 0151 678 5111

Source: Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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