Northampton General Hospital are working to protect patients, staff and visitors during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We would like to thank our staff, volunteers, patients and local community for supporting us with the decisions we are making.
This page provides you with updates about cornavirus (COVID-19) and the measures we are taking to help to minimise the spread in Northampton.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
From 13 March we introduced restricted visiting hours. Please make sure you check the new times before you come to the hospital.
We are also making changes to some outpatient services and opening times. If your appointment is affected you will be contacted. Please bear with our teams and be polite when speaking to them.
Information and advice
Accessible advice has been made available by Sense around Coronavirus (COVID-19). If you use british sign language, you can access the 24/7 British Sign Language Interpreter 111 service.
Our Easy Read booklet - hospital and coronavirus is also available
Plain English coronavirus information
Easy read about how to access services
Recovering from Coronavirus?
There are some new recovery resources have have been added to the Moving Medicines website and also a new video from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists that is aimed at helping to guide patients on their road to recovery. We hope you find them helpful.
Moving medicines - covid recovery resources
Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms.
The NHS has a dedicated coronavirus information page: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/
If you have the either of below symptoms the advice is to stay at home for 7 days:
- high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- 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)
- 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 one of these symptoms. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Do not go to a hospital, GP surgery or pharmacy.
If you have a hospital appointment that you need to re-arrange, or re-organise treatment and tests please contact us.
If you are pregnant you can find more information and guidance on the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists website
How long to stay at home
- if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
- if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
Read advice about staying at home on the NHS website.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Use the 111 coronavirus service
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Information on how to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
- Use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services
Read more information on how to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus here.
For more information please visit: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
Information has been taken from The NHS Website.