Patient Information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The coronavirus outbreak is a worrying time for everyone but this might be particularly so for people with a haematology condition as many such patients have diseases, or are on treatments, which reduce the effectiveness of the immune system putting them at higher risk of more serious infection if they were to contract the virus.
Whilst it is true that shielding such vulnerable people by isolating them is sensible, many have conditions that cannot be ignored during this time and so it may be that you will still have to come out for ongoing medical treatment. You will have questions about your own condition, your risks and how we are going to manage you at this time. Please be assured we will be in contact with our patients regarding a plan for their ongoing care.
We must emphasise that shielding vulnerable people is different to self-isolation because of symptoms in you or a family member. If you, or a family member that you live with, have the symptoms laid out in the Government guidance, you must not come to the hospital and you must remain in your home for the required time period. See https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Patients on medications provided by haematology
It is important that you continue these unless specifically told to stop by the haematology team. We are making arrangements such that we can continue to provide these with you spending as little time as possible out of your home and especially in the hospital. You will receive a letter explaining how we intend to do this. Below are some tips to help us help you.
- Do not cancel any planned haematology outpatient appointments; we will let you know how to manage these.
- Try and have you bloods done in advance of the appointment.
- If you are told you need to come to an appointment, come alone unless absolutely essential.
- Bring a mobile phone. Once you have checked in you can then return to your car to wait until the team are ready to see you.
- If you need a prescription the pharmacy are putting in place measures to allow for safer collection of the drugs.
Patients not on active treatment but being monitored by haematology
These are people who have had treatment in the past but are now just being watched, or people with minor blood abnormalities that are not causing them any harm.
We are following up some of these patients by telephone rather than with a hospital appointment but it is possible that we might cancel appointments for some of these patients and postpone them until later in the year to reduce the need for you to come to hospital at this time. This helps protect you and also protects our more vulnerable patients who have to come to hospital.
Rest assured that we only cancel these appointments as we think it is safe to do so in terms of your haematology condition.
If you do develop any new symptoms of your disease that we have told you to watch out for then please do get in touch and we can arrange to see you or check your bloods appropriately.
Please call the Clinical Nurse Specialists on 01744 646 796.