Feel safe with Spire during COVID-19

Please read this information carefully especially if you are coming in for an appointment.

Expert care every step of the way

We’ve implemented a series of safety measures to help protect our patients and colleagues from the potential risk of COVID-19. We are keeping these measures in place once legal restrictions are lifted across the UK.

To help minimise the potential risk in our hospitals and help you feel safe, our safety measures include:

  • Face masks – It is a mandatory requirement for patients to wear a mask within our hospitals in Scotland unless medically exempt. For our hospitals in England and Wales:
    • Inpatients: Inpatients with suspected/confirmed COVID-19 or any respiratory symptoms will be provided with a face mask on admission. Patients attending cancer units are encouraged to wear a mask. All other inpatients are not required to wear a mask unless this is their personal preference
    • Outpatients: Anyone with any respiratory symptoms must wear a face mask. Oncology/haematology patients are encouraged to wear a mask. All other outpatients are not required to wear a mask unless this is their personal preference
    • Visitors: Visitors attending cancer units/OPS cancer review clinics are encouraged to wear a mask. Visitors attending the inpatient wards and outpatients are not required to wear a mask unless this is their personal preference
  • Staff COVID-19 vaccinations All our colleagues have been offered a COVID vaccine and nearly 11,500 of all our colleagues have received both vaccines
  • Screening – All patients and colleagues will self screen for any symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival. Only patients who are undergoing surgery will be required to have a COVID-19 test which can be sourced through GOV.UK. Our colleagues are regularly tested for COVID-19 and wear appropriate PPE. If you are attending for surgery and are a contact of a positive COVID-19 case please contact your hospital.
  • Visitors policyPlease check the hospital website homepage to see if local visiting restrictions apply due to local increases in COVID-19 cases. If local restrictions are not in place, we are restricting visitors to two visitors for patients having inpatient treatment and one accompanying visitor for outpatient appointments. Visitors to inpatients or chemotherapy units will need to take a lateral flow test on the day of their visit and bring proof of a negative test result. Test kits should be sourced from GOV.UK
  • Tests prior to surgery – If you're coming into hospital for surgery, your consultant or nurse will advise which pathway you will be managed on before your admission. Read details of the pathways: Coronavirus test and isolation guide and lateral flow test pathway guide
  • COVID-19 tests – We are not able to provide lateral flow COVID-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospitals. Lateral flow test kits should be sourced from the GOV.UK website. We will supply COVID-19 tests to patients who have been advised that they are on a PCR pathway and require a PCR test. COVID-19 testing or antibody tests are also not available as a standalone service.
  • COVID-19 vaccine – Your surgery can still go ahead if you have been given the vaccine. We would advise that you wait 5-7 days after the vaccine before any surgery where possible, to allow plenty of time for any potential side effects from the vaccine to settle. Your surgery may be postponed if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 7 weeks and a risk based assessment will be carried out by your consultant and clinical team. For more information please read our vaccine Q&A further down the page

Important information for visitors

  • Visitors must not attend if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have received a positive test result
  • Visitors feeling unwell even if they have tested negative for COVID-19, are fully vaccinated, and have received their booster should not visit
  • All visitors must adhere to infection control measures while in the hospital
  • In Scotland, visitors must wear a face covering. In England and Wales, visitors attending cancer units/OPS cancer review clinics are encouraged to wear a mask. Visitors attending the inpatient wards and outpatients are not required to wear a mask unless this is their personal preference
  • A parent accompanying a child or young person will be tested as per the relevant pathway that the patient is on
  • Visitors attending the inpatient ward or chemotherapy unit must take a lateral flow test on the day of their visit and provide proof of a negative result on arrival at the hospital

Important information for visitors

  • Visitors must not attend if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have received a positive test result
  • Visitors feeling unwell even if they have tested negative for COVID-19, are fully vaccinated, and have received their booster should not visit
  • All visitors must adhere to infection control measures while in the hospital
  • In Scotland, visitors must wear a face covering. In England and Wales, visitors attending cancer units/OPS cancer review clinics are encouraged to wear a mask. Visitors attending the inpatient wards and outpatients are not required to wear a mask unless this is their personal preference
  • A parent accompanying a child or young person will be tested as per the relevant pathway that the patient is on
  • Visitors attending the inpatient ward or chemotherapy unit must take a lateral flow test on the day of their visit and provide proof of a negative result on arrival at the hospital

Your visit

We’re confident that these pathways will help create a secure, protective environment so everyone feels more confident about coming into and working in our hospitals.

1. Your appointment

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Search our consultants online

You can use our consultant search tool to find a consultant that best matches your needs. 

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See a specialist without leaving your home

Where possible our experts will conduct initial consultations virtually so you don’t have to attend a hospital, but when it’s absolutely necessary face to face consultations can also be made available.  

2. Preparing for your visit

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Pre-op assessment

All of our surgical inpatients will have a pre-op assessment to prepare you for your operation.

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Self-isolation

Prior to undergoing surgery you will undergo a COVID-19 swab test and may be instructed to self isolate from time of test. For more details on how you can best prepare for your operation please read the isolation guide

3. During your visit

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Staff PPE and testing

To keep everyone safe in our hospitals, all Spire staff will receive regular COVID-19 testing and wear PPE.

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Patient PPE and testing

On arrival you’ll be met by a member of the Spire team. You’ll have easy access to handwashing and hand sanitisers throughout our hospitals and clinics.

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Your room

For the majority of treatments patients will have their own individual room with an en-suite bathroom.

4. After your visit

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Aftercare

Patients will receive post-operative care information and any consultant follow-up required – delivered either face to face or virtually.

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Helpline

A 24/7 helpline is available to provide post-operative advice, whenever you need it.

How is the coronavirus affecting the hospital?

We are:

  • Asking anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 not to attend our hospital
  • Patients self screen upon arrival
  • Restricting visitor access to our hospitals

I’m nervous about coming into hospital / is it safe to come into hospital?

We’re actively working with, and following guidance from all national healthcare bodies to ensure you are kept safe.

We’re asking anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 not to attend our hospitals; we’re restricting access for visitors, and patients are self screening upon arrival as we work hard to maintain everyone’s safety.

If you have any concerns, please contact your local hospital and they’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Are you testing patients for coronavirus?

Before undergoing surgery, your consultant or nurse will provide you with instructions as to which pathway you will follow and you will undergo a COVID-19 swab test.

As a patient, can I receive a COVID-19 vaccine at Spire Healthcare?

No – the COVID-19 vaccination programme is being led by the NHS. You will be contacted by your GP or local NHS hub when eligible for the vaccine.

If I have had the COVID vaccines do I still need a COVID swab before any surgery/intervention at a Spire Hospital?

You'll still need a COVID-19 swab before any surgery or some interventions at Spire Healthcare. Your consultant will discuss this with you. 

If I've had the COVID-19 vaccine do I still need to wear a mask/face covering?

Yes, you will - in our hospitals in Scotland. In our hospitals in England and Wales, guidance for inpatients, outpatients and visitors is outlined at the top of this page.

After having both doses of the vaccine most people will be protected against coronavirus. It takes a few weeks after getting the second dose for it to work. There is a small chance you might still get coronavirus even if you've had the vaccine.

If I've had the COVID-19 vaccine, can I go ahead with my surgery?

Yes, however, we'd advise that you wait 5-7 days after the vaccine before any surgery where possible, to allow plenty of time for any potential side effects from the vaccine to settle. 

If I've had surgery how long, do I need to wait before having my COVID-19 vaccine?

Where possible, we'd suggest waiting for 5-7 days after surgery to have the vaccine. However, if this is not possible you should have the vaccine when offered it. 

I am due to have surgery between the first and second COVID vaccines – will my surgery go ahead?

Yes, however we'd advise that you wait 5-7 days after the vaccine before any surgery to allow for any potential side effects. 

Can I have my steroid joint injection if I have had a COVID-19 vaccine?

There is currently no guidance around steroid injection’s and COVID-19 vaccine. Interactions are unlikely, but please discuss with your consultant. 

I am undergoing chemotherapy/radiotherapy treatment will I be able to have the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, you'll be offered the vaccine as part of the roll out. You'll be contacted by your GP or local NHS hub when eligible for the vaccine. Please discuss dates for vaccine and chemotherapy treatment with your Oncologist.

For more details on the COVID-19 vaccine please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

The NHS COVID-19 app is available to download for free in England and Wales. It's the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community.

NHS Test and Trace

The NHS COVID-19 app is available to download for free in England and Wales. It's the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community.

NHS Test and Trace