19 March 2020
Page last updated on Friday 27 March at 14:01. 

Non-emergency surgery and non-emergency outpatient treatment

As part of the national response to the coronavirus outbreak, we are working with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group to ensure that we have as many beds available as possible across the region to care for patients with severe respiratory problems when the number of infections peaks. 
Therefore, in line with well-established plans for situations like this, we suspended all non-urgent elective operations and non-urgent outpatient treatment from Friday 20 March for at least three months. Some other procedures are likely to be rescheduled before then so we can train our staff and adapt certain areas.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer treatment will be carrying on as normal.

We fully understand that people waiting for treatment will be disappointed and possibly worried and for that we are sorry.

Please do not call us at the moment - our team is working hard to personally contact everyone affected by this. 


Outpatient appointments - further information

The vast majority of our outpatient appointments are now happening remotely via telephone or have been postponed. If you have not heard from the relevant team about your appointment, then yours is still due to take place at the hospital. 

Cystic fibrosis and lung defence

All cystic fibrosis and lung defence clinics at Royal Papworth Hospital have been deferred from Wednesday 25 March for a period of four months. At this point the situation will be reviewed.

Further information and advice for cystic fibrosis and lung defence patients is available here. 

Transplant patients

If you are a post-transplant patient at Royal Papworth Hospital and due to have an outpatient appointment in the next few weeks, you will be contacted personally by a member of the transplant nursing or admin team. Please do not just turn up to the hospital. 

Further information and advice for heart transplant and lung transplant patients is available here.


Visiting restrictions

Coronavirus: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, visiting is suspended until further notice.

The only exceptional circumstance where one visitor – an immediate family member or carer – will be permitted to visit is:

• The patient you wish to visit is receiving end-of-life care.

Please contact the ward or department in advance to discuss appropriate arrangements.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this challenging time while we make these difficult decisions. 


Vulnerable patients

The Government published guidance on 21 March 2020 for people who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition. This guidance is also intended for their family, friends and carers. 

This will affect many Royal Papworth Hospital patients. To help us at this busy time, we would be very grateful if you could read this guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19, provided by Public Health England, to see if it answers your questions before contacting our teams.


What you can do to help... 

Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives. 

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home).
  • Stay two metres (6ft) away from other people.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get into work and as soon as you get home.

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

The single most important action you can all take in fighting coronavirus is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. Read more about staying at home and away from others (social distancing). 

Visit the GOV.uk coronavirus website for the latest national news.

Where are we based?

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Papworth Road
Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Telephone:  01223 638000

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