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Coronavirus – latest information and advice

COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

For all the latest information including the risk of COVID-19 in the UK, symptoms of Coronavirus, how it is spread and advice around public places and self-isolation, visit the NHS website (opens in new window).

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Outpatient Appointments

Most outpatient appointments will take place over the telephone or via a video call. Please do not come in unless we tell you to.

We are reintroducing essential face-to-face outpatient appointments.  If you have received an appointment please do not visit or attend hospital if you have had any of these symptoms in the past seven days:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature);
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual);
  • a 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.

If you have come into contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days or have been advised by the Track and Trace team to isolate in the last 14 days you should not attend hospital. Please use the phone number on your outpatient appointment letter to contact us if you are not going to be able to attend your appointment.



Do not visit if for any reason you are feeling unwell, especially if: 

  • you have a high temperature 
  • a new, persistent cough 
  • or have a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus you should self-isolate at home and organise a test; members of your household should also self-isolate.

For the latest guidance and advice about Coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit

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