Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice and guidance for our patients, plus the latest visiting restrictions
To reduce the infection risk to our patients, all day ward and outpatient clinic appointments will be by telephone for the forseeable future.
If you have an appointment please wait by your telephone and we will contact you on the day around the time that you were due to see us. Please do not just turn up to the hospital as you will not be able to be seen.
You can still contact the ILD specialist nurses by telephone on 01223 638018.
We will attempt to answer some of the common questions we have been receiving below.
All ILD patients and family should follow national guidance as below in order to help prevent spread of the virus:
You should share this advice with friends and family. You can access latest updates from the NHS coronavirus website.
Patients with chronic heart or lung disease are known to be at increased risk of developing severe illness with the infection and are categorised as clinically vulnerable. There is a further group of people defined as clinically extremely vulnerable and these people will have received a letter during the first lockdown period back in the spring.
It is extremely important that you do not go directly Royal Papworth Hospital or to your GP. Please seek advice on the NHS 111 website. The symptoms of COVID-19 are the same as many other problems in patients who have ILD which can make it difficult to decide the best course of action. You should monitor your symptoms closely and we recommend increased vigilance including recording your temperature.
If you are unwell, you may be asked to attend your local hospital.
Please continue to follow advice regarding social distancing and wash your hands stringently and regularly.
If you have been in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, you should self-isolate and book a coronavirus test.
You should work from home. If you cannot work from home, you are advised not to go to work and may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA).
If you are currently receiving pirfenidone or nintedanib from Homecare, this will continue. The main change people may experience is that drivers may not ask for a signature and may stay a safe distance away from patients by setting the parcel down and then walking away and watching for recipient to pick up the parcel. No medicines will be left unattended.
Please refer to our frequently asked questions about Pharmacy Homecare.
As usual, make sure you have enough ‘buffer stock’ by keeping at least two to four weeks’ worth of your medicines at all times, and requesting repeat prescriptions or homecare deliveries well in advance of this supply running out. That will give your pharmacy or homecare provider enough time to deal with any shortages should they arise. It’s important to note that this is standard practice for our patients and not new advice.
If you are experiencing any difficulty getting hold of a supply of your medicines or if you have any concerns about their availability, please let the ILD team know as soon as possible on 01223 638018.