High COVID-19 numbers continue to significantly impact our healthcare services

Our staff are working incredibly hard and doing everything they can to prevent COVID-19 from spreading across our healthcare settings, but we need your help.

Facemasks are still required in NHS settings

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to wear a facemask. That is why across all of our healthcare settings, facemasks must be worn unless medically exempt. This includes our acute hospital and all community sites and hospitals.

We understand that for some people, wearing a face covering may be difficult due to physical or mental health conditions, and these people will remain exempt.

Updated visiting restrictions

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases locally and the very high number of COVID-19 patients in our hospitals, in order to protect vulnerable patients and staff, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has taken the difficult decision to further restrict visiting to compassionate grounds and for carers only from midnight Wednesday 23 March.

For full visiting guidance, including alternatives our staff can help with, please click here: https://www.northdevonhealth.nhs.uk/patient-information/visiting/

If you test positive for COVID-19

Please help us to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • If you have a booked appointment and you have COVID-19, please call the number on your appointment letter and let us know that you’re COVID-19 positive so that we can put measures in place to protect our patients and staff.
  • If you need urgent or emergency care and you have COVID-19, please call NHS 111 first to check where the best place for you to receive care is. If you are signposted to an NDHT service, please call ahead if you can, or let the reception desk know you are COVID-19 positive as soon as you arrive.
  • If you’re a patient’s named visitor and you have COVID-19, please do not attend until you test negative.
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Last updated: March 23, 2022