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We are currently following government advice. Patients should still attend appointments where invited. Latest government guidance 

We are following the current national infection prevention guidelines across the Trust. The health and safety of all our patients and staff remains our top priority.

Updated April 2021

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Main symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

If you have symptoms you should visit the national government testing page here

If you have no symptoms:

Get regular rapid lateral flow tests.

If you have coronavirus symptoms:


Staff should visit the pod at George Eliot hospital and visit the staff page. The GEH pod is for symptomatic staff and elective patients only.

Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)  

Please follow the latest advice on the Coronavirus websites.



Vaccine Information  

George Eliot Hospital is vaccinating staff and local Health and Care professionals at George Eliot Hospital by appointment only.

To find out more about the vaccine and how you will be contacted when it is your time visit the website below.

Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)  

The NHS has put in place measures to protect patients, our community and NHS staff while ensuring as many services as possible are available to the public.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

Read more about what you can and cannot do

Important information is you are self isolating at home

Advice for Pregnant Women

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have created a document which aims to support women make a personal informed choice about whether to accept a COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy, in discussion with a healthcare professional. You can view here https://www.rcog.org.uk/covid-vaccine

Public Health England have also created a guide to COVID-19 vaccination for all women of childbearing age, those currently pregnant or breastfeeding. Read here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-women-of-childbearing-age-currently-pregnant-planning-a-pregnancy-or-breastfeeding


Useful links

Tips, advice and resources   

Healthcare and community support services in Warwickshire (during the COVID-19 pandemic)                

For the latest resources, information and sources of support for local communities during the Covid-19 pandemic and how to access health and community support services across Warwickshire please click here.

Dental Support

Diabetes support

Three new online tools for people living with diabetes in the West Midlands are now available on the NHS to help people manage their condition during the coronavirus pandemic.

The three new online services will allow people to manage their condition online, with a range of online videos and training available on each app for children and adults.

People living with Type 1 diabetes can access the following technology from today:

  • Digibete: Children and young people with Type 1 diabetes and their families will be able to use the DigiBete App and website for a wide range of awareness, education, training and support resources. 
  • MyType1Diabetes: Adults with Type 1 diabetes can access the service directly by visiting myType1diabetes.nhs.uk, it includes videos and eLearning courses, to help people understand more about their Type 1 diabetes and increase their confidence in how to manage it.

People with Type 2 will be able to access the following from later this year:

  • Healthy Living for people with Type 2 diabetes: The platform provides users with the skills and knowledge to manage their Type 2 diabetes effectively, including advice on emotional and mental wellbeing, and helps users adopt and maintain healthy behaviours around diet and exercise.

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The above safety measures are in place for patients attending appointments.

Please continue to attend appointments where invited. 

Please do not attend your appointment at George Eliot Hospital if  you or anyone in your household has had any symptoms relating to COVID-19.

In particular are you or is anybody in your household currently experiencing:

- A high temperature

- A new, continuous cough

- Loss of taste or smell

Or have you had contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19? 

Please stay at home, rearrange your appointment and book a test if you have symptoms.

If you are coming in to us in an emergency please inform NHS staff on arrival if you or a member of your household is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.

The use of face coverings when coming to hospital at George Eliot Hospital 

People infected with COVID-19 can have very mild or no respiratory symptoms (asymptomatic) and can transmit the virus to others without being aware of it. 

In line with recent recommendations from the World Health Organisation, we introduced measures at George Eliot Hospital to keep visitors, patients, and staff safe. 

You will need to wear a face covering when you come to hospital as a visitor or outpatient.  Inpatients will also be asked to wear a face covering where possible.

Further information will be available below.

Face Mask FAQs


Who do the recommendations apply to?

The recommendations apply to everyone working or visiting in a hospital setting.

The use of face coverings applies to all members of the public when in hospital, including those visiting patients or attending outpatient appointments.

What is the difference between a face mask and a face covering?

All surgical face masks are classified as either Type I, IR, II, IIR, and are medical devices provided by the hospital.

Face coverings can be cloth or homemade and should cover the nose and mouth of the wearer.

Why are we asking visitors/patients visiting the site to wear face coverings?

Outpatients or visitors coming to the hospital will need to wear face coverings to reduce the risk of transmitting coronavirus to others. Evidence has shown that those infected with COVID-19 can have very mild or no respiratory symptoms (asymptomatic) and potentially transmit the virus to others without being aware of it

Outpatients should be advised of the need to bring a face covering ahead of coming to hospital for planned and outpatient care (outpatient appointments etc); for example in appointment setting calls and confirmation letters. 

What happens if an outpatient/visitor does not have a face covering when they come to the hospital?

If an outpatient or visitor does not have a face covering when they come to hospital, one should be provided by staff on arrival.

Local implementation plans should identify how this will be managed.

How do we communicate this new rule to visitors/outpatients?

The need for visitors/outpatients to wear a face covering when visiting the hospital site should be communicated through appointment letters, social media, local news stations/papers and through signage displayed at entrances to the site throughout wards and departments.

What about cloth/homemade/donated face masks?

Outpatient and visitor face coverings can be cloth and/or homemade (www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering)   All visitors will be expected to comply with two -metre social/physical distancing and the recommended hand hygiene measures.

Where applicable, visitors to high risk COVID-19 areas of the hospital or visitors of patients with confirmed COVID-19 must wear appropriate PPE as per the current IPC guidance  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control

Does my face covering worn for religious beliefs/cultural practice qualify?

Face coverings worn as part of religious beliefs or cultural practice are acceptable, providing they are not loose and cover the mouth and nose.

What if an outpatient/visitor is unable to wear a face covering?

For some, wearing of a face covering may be difficult, and therefore all other measures must also be considered and introduced e.g. social/physical distancing, timed appointments; being seen immediately and not kept in waiting rooms. Individual risk assessments should be undertaken where required; for example, patients with mental health and learning disabilities. Such risk assessments will be documented by staff.

What about the impact of masks on communication for people who are deaf or have a hearing impairment?

The use of face masks due to the coronavirus pandemic may have an impact on patients who are deaf or have a hearing impairment as they can block the face of healthcare workers and prevent the ability to use visual cues such as facial expressions and lip reading.

The Government's PPE procurement team has sourced an initially small number of clear surgical face masks to support communication with patients who may be deaf or hearing impaired. They are working with regions to identify where those are best distributed.