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Is it safe?

We are taking every possible precaution to make our services as safe as possible for you

Understanding the risks and benefits of surgery

Healthcare services across the world are working hard to protect patients who require surgery duiring the pademic from COVID-19 before or after their operation. Surgeons and researchers have been gathering the most up-to-date information about managing patients who need an operation during the pandemic and contract the virus before or after surgery. This will help make decisions based on actual data, rather than opinion.

Most patients having surgery during the pandemic will not contract COVID-19 around the time of their operation.

Even though we are not treating COVID patients at our hospital, you could still come into contact with a person carrying the virus (as you could in the supermarket or any public indoor space). While we are taking every precaution possible, and instructing patients to self isolate and be tested before admission, there is still a risk of contracting COVID.

The risks of surgery when COVID positive

We are still in the early stages of understanding this virus and its impact on surgical outcomes. Some reports indicate that if you have an operation while COVID positive or develop COVID while recovering, there is a significant risk that you could end up being ill enough with the virus to need a ventilator on an intensive care unit.

You surgeon will talk to you about the risks when they seek your consent for surgery. Please ask as many questions as you like. 

The precautions we are taking

Although the risks of surgery with COVID are increased, we are taking every precaution possible to reduce risks:

  • Every patient will self isolate for two weeks before they are admitted
  • Every patient will be tested for COVID twice before their admission
  • Every member of staff will have their temperature checked when they arrive for work
  • Every member of staff will wear a mask inside a clinical area
  • Every member of staff will comply with rigorous infection prevention measures
  • The environment in our hospital has been redesigned to support compliance with social distancing and infection prevention

Your choice

Surgery is your choice and always has risks and benefits associated with it. You can decide whether to proceed with your surgery, or delay it and discuss alternative treatment options.

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