Message to Visitors – updated arrangements April 2021

Adult wards: Visitors can access adult wards to visit relatives - one named visitor per patient between 12 noon and 5pm.

Starlight ward has now reopened for paediatric impatient admissions.

The Children's Emergency Area in the A&E remains 'open' at Homerton 24 hours a day to care for children.

NICU: two parents nominated who are in the family bubble, one parent at the cot side at any one time. Open visiting on the unit between 7am and 8pm. 

Maternity - from Monday 12 April  one adult partner is allowed for all antenatal appointments and scans with the following guidance:

  • There will be a national programme in place to offer Lateral Flow Testing kits to all women and their partners – details of this are anticipated to be shared with us by the end of this week
  • Women/partners to collect kits and test as advised by national guidance
  • Women/partners to attend appointments if no symptoms or recent exposure to COVID-19 – if symptomatic, exposed, or positive on LFT they will be advised to contact their midwife/helpline to discuss their upcoming appointments and next steps. Women should still access care if urgent. In the case of DNA the DNA process must be followed and the woman contacted.
  • Women/partners to adhere to the screening processes currently in place at the main entrance of the hospital and to the community sites
  • Partners will be refused entry if they decline to adhere to the PPE guidance. They will not be required to provide proof of testing but will be asked to upload the result to the national database.
  • Partners will be asked to wait in the glass corridor (Picton Suite if seating to capacity in the corridor) and the woman will call her partner once she enters the clinic room

Two birth partners on labour ward (delivery suite)

Antenatal ward visiting between 10am – 6pm – one birth partner can stay for induction of labour or in early labour

Postnatal ward visiting between 10am – 6pm – One birth partner. No children at anytime.

Patients coming to the end of life
Relatives will be as asked to supply staff with a list of family members. Only one family member at a time can access the hospital.

For safety reasons and social distancing rules, we ask that visitors do not congregate in corridors. For other areas such as children and maternity we continue to have restricted visiting in place and access to those areas will only be by named persons as provided to the nursing staff.

Blood tests
If you are coming to the hospital for blood tests. Please enter the hospital via the front entrance to the site on Homerton Row, and ask for directions to the Clifden Centre where our phlebotomists are holding blood testing sessions.

Patients are still urged to attend A&E and children’s A&E if necessary and to attend their appointments (either outpatient, elective surgery or diagnostics tests) in the Covid safe areas of the hospital.

Mary Seacole Nursing Home: one named visitor is allowed between l10.30am and 6pm.

 

Second dose for Hackney & City Health and Social Care staff - 23 February

Homerton Hospital  will start administering the second doses of the Covid-19 Vaccine  from 16 March to City and Hackney Health and Social care Staff. Second doses are given 10-12 weeks after the first dose.

Important Instruction for your 2nd dose

  • If you walked in for your 1st dose without a booking, please walk into either the education centre at Homerton Hospital, or the Great Hall at St Leonards Hospital for your 2nd dose 10 weeks after the date of your 1st dose. Please do not attend earlier than 10 weeks, and no later than 12 weeks, following your first dose
  • If you had a pre booked appointment for your 1st dose, please check your email or text for confirmation on when to attend for your 2nd dose.

If you are walking in please note that walk-in appointments are available at the following times and locations:

  1. Walk-in appointments are available at the Education Centre in Homerton Hospital. The Education Centre is situated at the rear of the hospital site and can be accessed via Clifden Road Entrance https://www.homerton.nhs.uk/finding-us Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday), first walk-in 8.20am and last walk-in 4.30pm.
  2. Walk-in appointments available at St Leonard's Hospital, in the Main Hall. Entrance to Hospital Via Nuttal Street, N1 5LZ. There is Parking on Site. https://www.homerton.nhs.uk/st-leonards Clinics run on Thursdays only. First walk-in at 9.20am and last walk-in at 2.45pm.

  If you any queries you can email the Homerton Hospital Staff Covid-19 Vaccination Programme at  huh-tr.staffvaccinationhelpdesk@nhs.net

 

Reminder: please do not attend earlier than 10 weeks, and no later than 12 weeks, following your first dose. We will not be able to vaccinate you if you arrive earlier than 10 weeks from your first dose. For example, if you were vaccinated on 13 January via walk-in, you should attend for your second dose no earlier than the 24 March and no later than the 7 April.

 

Vaccinating City & Hackney frontline health and social care staff update - 4 February

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective.
It gives you the best protection against coronavirus

 

As a Hospital Hub, Homerton Hospital is responsible for vaccinating City & Hackney frontline health and social care staff. This will include but is not limited to Social Care workers, all healthcare workers and staff working in General Practice, Care Homes, Community Pharmacies, Dentistry, Optometry and Hospices.

Homerton Hospital is working in partnership with City and Hackney CCG to ensure we can offer Covid-19 vaccinations to all front line health and social care staff. The CCG is currently liaising with all frontline organisations in City and Hackney in order to invite frontline staff to book a vaccine appointment with Homerton Hospital.

When you receive your invite you can either

  1. Book an appointment via the link you have received via text or email
  • Booked appointments available at the Homerton Hospital Education Centre. The Education Centre is situated at the rear of the hospital site. Access the Education Centre via Clifden Road Entrance https://www.homerton.nhs.uk/finding-us Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. First booked appointment 8.20am and last booked appointment 5.40pm. For pre booked appointments please bring with you ID & NHS Number if known

        2. Walk in to the vaccine clinics

  • Walk-in appointments are available at the Education Centre in Homerton Hospital. The Education Centre is situated at the rear of the hospital site and can be accessed via Clifden Road Entrance https://www.homerton.nhs.uk/finding-us. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday), first walk-in 8.20am and last walk-in 4.30pm.
  • Walk-in appointments available at St Leonard's Hospital, in the Main Hall. Entrance to Hospital Via Nuttal Street, N1 5LZ. There is Parking on Site. https://www.homerton.nhs.uk/st-leonards
    Clinics run on Thursdays. First walk-in at 9.20am and last walk-in at 2.45pm.

For walk-in clinics please bring your invitation, work ID & NHS Number if known


What to do if you haven’t received your invite

If you are employed by Homerton Hospital and have not yet received your invitation to book the vaccine then please contact huh-tr.staffvaccinationhelpdesk@nhs.net or walk in to one of the clinics with your work ID & NHS Number if known.

If you are employed by an organisation in City and Hackney delivering frontline health and social care and you think you are eligible to be vaccinated under current guidance, if your organisation has not yet been contacted by City and Hackney CCG or your staff have not yet received invitations to book into the vaccination clinics then please call 020 3816 3204 or contact ben.greenbury@nhs.net

There is no cost to organisations whose staff are eligible for the vaccination.

 

Options for seeking a Covid-19 test (and avoiding coming to hospital)

Press Release

Please don’t come to hospital for a Covid-19 test says Homerton

Homerton Hospital is appealing to local people not to come to the Accident and Emergency Department in order to request a Covid-19 test. The hospital is also urging schools and businesses to cease referring parents and employees to the A&E.

Dr Emma Rowland, the lead clinician for the Emergency Department at Homerton said: “Whilst we appreciate that local people are having difficulties in obtaining a test, we would urge them not to come to the hospital A&E department seeking a test.

“Our A&E and children’s A&E have remained open at all times during the pandemic, but our team is currently extremely busy in the department dealing with patients requiring urgent medical treatment and for patients that do not require admission to hospital, COVID-19 tests will not be performed. Our message to you is if you feel unwell and require medical advice, please call 111, your GP or in an emergency 999 so that we can ensure you are treated by the best service available.

“If you require a COVID test, please call 119. COVID tests will not be performed on behalf of 119 at the Emergency Department. If you arrive in the Emergency Department and it is felt by staff that your needs may be better met elsewhere (such as pharmacy, dressing clinics or your GP), you may be redirected away from the Emergency Department to this alternative service.

“Our aim is to ensure that the right patient is seen in the right service in a timely fashion, whilst also maintaining infection control safety for patients, relatives and staff within the Emergency Department. If you do need to attend the Emergency Department, it is likely that your relatives will be asked to wait outside of the department (excluding exceptional circumstances) in order to reduce the potential infection risk caused by crowding.”

Another factor for the hospital is that local people are only just regaining confidence to attend clinics and appointments as services slowly return to some level of normality and there have been no new Covid cases in recent weeks. If people who may have Covid-19 symptoms start coming to the hospital for testing there is a risk of cross infection leading to parts of the hospital having to close down again.

Chief Nurse Catherine Pelley said: “We are working very closely with our public health colleagues in the community to ensure the public are aware of the situation relating to testing and treatment. We appeal to local schools in particular not to encourage parents to bring their children to the hospital for testing. People attending our A&E creates a potential risk of cross infection which may have a detrimental impact on our current efforts to treat many of the people who have been waiting for operations and procedures which were cancelled due to the Covid emergency.”

September 17 2020

Elective surgery

If you will be attending for elective surgery please read this leaflet:
Elective surgery on the Day Stay Unit.pdf    large print version.pdf [pdf] 1MB

Face covering and social distancing

The Government requires all patients and visitors in NHS hospitals to wear a face covering. If you are coming to Homerton Hospital, please bring a face mask or face covering to wear while you are here.

Please observe social distancing rules at all times in all parts of the hospital.

Important advice and help for those who are ‘shielding’ at home

Shielding Patient Leaflet Final June 2020

If you have existing underlying health conditions that put you at risk and you have been asked to shield at home please read this leaflet