Our services are very busy right now but we are open for business and it is safe for you to attend for care when needed. Please call 111 for advice, unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
Masks and socially distancing still required in all Homerton sites
We are committed to ensuring the health, safety, and wellbeing of our patients, communities, and staff. As cases are rising, we are maintaining all of the safety measure that we have had in place over the course of the pandemic.
This means that we require all staff, patients, and visitors to continue to wear face coverings and socially distance while inside any of the buildings on the Homerton University Hospital site and in the community. Our staff will continue to isolate if they test positive for Covid-19 and will continue to undertake regular testing.
As part of the measures to keep everyone safe we are welcoming as few visitors into our hospital as possible. Please visiting/partner arrangements below
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation to keep us all safe.
Please do not come to the hospital if you have Covid-19 symptoms, except for in an emergency. If you are unsure, please call 111 for advice.
Visitor information (Updated 26 April 2022)
Message to visitors
We continue to gradually lift restrictions on visitors coming to the hospital.
For visitors visiting non-Covid wards
There are no restrictions to the number of different people who can visit patients during their stay. But please note: two visitors per patient at any one time. although there can be more visitors in exceptional circumstances such as end of life.
Visiting times on acute wards are between 12noon and 8pm. Visiting is allowed outside these times for exceptional circumstances.
For visitors coming to see patients in our Covid ward
Patients can have one named visitor from DAY 6 of their admission to the Covid ward. (The same named visitor throughout the patient stay.)
Visiting times are 12noon to 8pm.
On arrival at the ward, the visitor will be required to wear PPE - a face mask, gloves and apron.
It is strongly recommended that the visitor takes regular lateral flow tests.
Visiting the Intensive Care Unit
Two visitors per patient at any one time.
Visiting times are 12noon to 8pm (but visiting is allowed outside these times for exceptional circumstances).
No restriction to the number of different visitors each resident may have.
But one visitor per resident if indoors and please wear a face mask. Three visitors per resident if remaining outdoors in the garden.
We are asking all visitors to maintain social distancing and the wearing of a mask whilst in our hospital or community facilities, including Mary Seacole Nursing Home. Doulas and birthing partners are strongly advised to have a Lateral Flow Test prior to attending the hospital.
Please be aware that visitor restrictions are still in place when attending the Emergency Department (A&E). Ony in exceptional circumstances will relatives or family members be permitted to enter the waiting room and only one parent can wait with their child. This is done in order to try and keep all patients as safe as possible.
For safety reasons related to the current pandemic, it is paramount that visitors are not congregating in corridors. For people still 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.
Covid-19 Vaccine updates. Get your vaccine to stay safe
Have you had your Covid-19 vaccine?
Almost 90% of patients admitted to Intensive Care Units with Covid-19 in north east London are not fully vaccinated.
Between 14 July and 2 September 2021, 203 patients with Covid-19 were admitted to intensive care units (ICU) across north east London (NEL). Of these, 90% (181) were not fully vaccinated, with most tending to be on average six years younger than patients admitted to ICU who are fully vaccinated.
ICUs play an important role in hospitals, including looking after patients undergoing major surgery, for conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Now, with one-third of ICU beds across NEL occupied by people with Covid-19, this surge in critically ill patients is having a significant impact on the care of other patients.
To protect yourself and your loved ones, and to reduce pressures on our hospitals, everyone who is eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine that hasn’t already had one is strongly advised to do so as soon as possible. Getting vaccinated will reduce your chances of becoming seriously ill with Covid-19, meaning your less likely to be admitted to hospital. This is better for you, will reduce pressures on hospitals and will reduce delays in care for other patients who need it.
You can receive a Covid-19 vaccine at the NHS Covid-19 vaccination centre on The Street at Westfield, 7 days a week. For more information on other places to receive a vaccine, visit the North East London Commissioning Group website
The Covid-19 vaccine reduces your chance of becoming infected by almost 80% and could prevent the need to self-isolate in certain situations.
There are over 50 vaccination centres across North East London and everyone aged 18 and over is invited to get the vaccine. You can book your appointment via the national booking system here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/, call 119, or attend a walk in vaccination clinic.
Full details on all vaccination sites in North East London can be found here: https://www.eastlondonhcp.nhs.uk/ourplans/where-to-get-vaccinated-in-north-east-london.htm
Remember - second doses are really important to ensure you have maximum protection. They are given 8 weeks following your first dose and appointments will be offered following your first dose. You can also book your second dose on the national booking system.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Frequently Asked Questions - Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and fertility
If you have questions about having the vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding, or around fertility, you can see the answers to frequently asked questions in this document: Covid vaccines in pregnancy breastfeeding and fertility FAQ.pdf
Frequently Asked Questions for younger adults
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