From 1 January 2022, we have taken the difficult decision to suspend adult in-patient visiting in order to help protect our vulnerable patients. Please visit here for more information.
Visiting the Emergency Department, EAU and SDEC will not change. We are still be asking people to attend alone unless they are under the age of 18 or require a carer.
Designated visiting will be managed by individual wards. You can check visiting times with the ward that your friend or relative is staying on HERE.
We are keeping this under review and update you once our position on visiting changes.
More information can be found here.
For your safety, and that of other patients, our colleagues and community, we have taken the decision that all Sherwood Forest Hospitals’ inpatients will need to wear a surgical face mask in our hospitals. This is in line with a recommendation from the NHS nationally and many other organisations have taken the same decision.
Surgical face masks are designed and manufactured to be used in a healthcare setting. One will be given to you on arrival at hospital and more will be available to use during your stay.
Some people will have medical reasons that mean it would not be safe for them to wear a surgical mask. In these cases, wearing a visor-type mask could be considered.
For everyone else, the expectation is that you will wear a surgical mask. We understand that this will not be easy, but it is necessary to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our hospitals.
We understand how difficult and worrying this may be for you, so we want to explain why we feel this is needed now. Please click here for more information.
You will now need to wear a surgical face mask when you come to hospital as a visitor or outpatient. These will be supplied at hospital entrances if you do not have your own. Read more...
As we continue to see a rise in our urgent care admissions, a surge in admissions of Covid positive patients, and workforce shortages created by Covid isolation, some appointments for planned care may need to be delayed.
We will continue to prioritise urgent and emergency care and cancer treatments and we will do everything we can to avoid delaying care. If we need to take the difficult decision to delay appointments, we will contact affected patients directly to let them know.
If you do not hear from us, please attend as requested in your appointment letter.
Maintaining your safety is a top priority for us while planning and providing your care and treatment.
Please see below for more information on the processes we have put in place for surgery and hospital appointments:
- Planned procedures/course of treatment where written consent is required - Please click here
- Information for outpatients – please click here
- Preparing for elective surgery for adults – please click here
- Preparing for elective surgery for children and young people – please click here
- Having a Caesarean section – please click here
- Managing anxiety when attending hospital – please click here
Please be assured that people are being vaccinated in priority order and you will be contacted when appropriate to make an appointment.
Please do not contact us about the vaccine before your cohort has been announced. For more information click here
If you want to send your loved one a message or letter on a ward in one of our hospitals, please email your message to email@example.com or speak to someone in our friendly team on 01623 622 515 extension number 4495.
You may also wish to attach a photograph in your email. Please try to keep your email to two pages if possible and try not to include more than two images.
Our Sherwood volunteers will then print your message (and photographs, if emailed) and deliver it to your loved one on the ward. When getting in touch with us, please remember to include your loved one's full name, date of birth, ward they are on (if known), and any special requirements (for example large print).
For more information, please see our Family Liaison Service leaflet here.
It is not unusual to find it difficult to cope with a diagnosis of a physical health problem (whether long term or short term) and to find it hard to adjust to life afterwards. For more wellbeing resources click here.
A variety of helpful guides and tools to support you, your team and your family's wellbeing during this difficult time is available here.