CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION


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We have reintroduced the requirement to wear a mask across all areas of Sherwood Forest Hospitals with immediate effect from Tuesday 28 June 2022.

Since the decision to step-down mask-wearing within the Trust was made earlier in June, we have been reviewing COVID-19 transmission rates nationally, in the local community and within our hospitals to ensure we are prepared to act if cases began to rise. For more information, click the facemask drop down menu below.

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Changes to visitor guidance across Sherwood Forest Hospital sites

Sherwood Forest Hospitals has reviewed its visitor guidance to allow more friends and family members to visit loved ones across the trust’s King’s Mill, Newark and Mansfield Community Hospitals from Monday 25 April. ​

The new rules allow the following across all three sites:

  • Two designated visitors can visit each patient between 11.30am and 7.30pm each day
  • ‘Open visiting’ for patients who are on end-of-life care, require a carer or have additional needs (such as a mental health condition or dementia)
  • Birthing partners are permitted to attend through pregnancy, birth and postnatal care
  • Parents are permitted to accompany children under the age of 18

All visitors will be expected to comply with existing social distancing and hand hygiene measures in addition to wearing face masks while in the hospital setting. Please see more about this here.

Patients attending the Trust’s Emergency Department, Same Day Emergency Care and Emergency Assessment Unit (EAU) units are asked to attend alone to reduce overcrowding unless they are under 18 or require a carer.

The relaxation of guidance for visitors will be reviewed if Covid cases increase within either the trust’s sites or the local community.

The Trust’s staff appreciate the continued support and understanding of staff, patients and visitors as they continue to work hard throughout the pandemic.

Respect for people during your visit

We are an inclusive employer and we are proud of our highly skilled colleagues, who have a range of diverse backgrounds. We also care for a diverse group of patients. We do not tolerate physical or verbal abuse or any form of discrimination towards our staff or patients. This includes, but is not limited to, racism, homophobia, anti-religion and sexism. We will robustly manage any such incidents and, where appropriate, will involve the police.

We have reintroduced the requirement to wear a mask across all areas of Sherwood Forest Hospitals with immediate effect from today (Tuesday 28 June 2022).

Since the decision to step-down mask-wearing within the Trust was made earlier in June, we have been reviewing COVID-19 transmission rates nationally, in the local community and within our hospitals to ensure we are prepared to act if cases began to rise.

The decision to reintroduce the requirement to wear a mask across our hospitals has been made following a national increase in cases, rising case rates in the local area and a growing number of patients being admitted to our hospitals with COVID-19.

Our Infection Prevention and Control team has been closely monitoring rising cases in the local community and within the trust.

In order to protect colleagues, patients and visitors, it has been agreed to reintroduce masks with immediate effect.

Patient appointments

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
  • 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

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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. 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 sfh-tr.familyliaisonservice@nhs.net or speak to someone in our friendly team on 01623 676189. 

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. 

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Public wellbeing
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.

Staff wellbeing
A variety of helpful guides and tools to support you, your team and your family's wellbeing during this difficult time is available here.