In light of the significant increase of new Covid-19 (coronavirus) cases, we have put measures in place to ensure our patients and staff are safe in our hospitals. As part of these measures, we have reorganised the way care is delivered to patients, with non-urgent, planned procedures being reduced and priority given to urgent cases where patients’ health would be at risk if treatment was delayed.
Most of our outpatient clinics at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals are continuing to run as normal via telephone or video. Patients who have an existing appointment should attend as planned. If a decision is made to postpone an appointment, patients will be contacted by their clinical team.
Urgent and emergency care
Urgent and emergency care, including cancer surgery, will continue. We are working closely with our partners to ensure that patients receive the appropriate level of care and treatment that they need.
The Cardiac Hub
The Cardiac Hub has been set up to ensure that patients who need cardiac (heart) surgery are promptly reviewed and treated. The hub is made up of an expert team of consultant cardiologists, surgeons and other specialist staff across Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals, who review and discuss patient cases and decide if urgent surgical intervention is needed. Each cardiac case is considered carefully by the clinical teams involved in the patient’s care, who decide on the need for surgery and the timing of it.
If a decision is made to go ahead with a procedure
If your clinical team believes that the risk to your health of not having treatment is very high, surgery will be advised. In this instance, it will have been agreed that your health would be at risk if treatment was delayed. Your clinical team will discuss with you the benefits and risks of the procedure and answer any questions you have, before going ahead with surgery.
If a decision is made to delay a procedure
If your clinical team believes that the risks of having surgery at the present time outweigh the benefits, your treatment will be delayed until a later date. Your clinical team will continue to monitor your condition. However, if your condition worsens, you should contact your clinical team without hesitation, to access the advice and support you need.
Testing for the virus
If you are being admitted to one of our hospitals for a cardiac procedure, you will be asked to take a series of tests for Covid-19 before surgery goes ahead. This is to ensure that we keep you as safe as possible and reduce the chance of spreading the virus to other patients or staff. The tests will be explained to you fully by your clinical team. You can also find more information here.
We are sorry for any disruption to your care during this difficult time. We are doing everything we can to provide the best care and treatment for you, and we will be reviewing how this is delivered on an ongoing basis. Thank you for your understanding.