As an NHS Trust providing care to hundreds of thousands of people in Croydon, it is our priority to keep our patients and our staff as safe as possible.
As we respond to COVID-19, we have listened to the feedback from our doctors, our nurses and our other healthcare professionals who are treating patients on the front line every day.
We are completely committed to supporting them so that they can continue to deliver high quality, safe care to our patients at a time of unprecedented demand.
This week, the Prime Minister also announced additional measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, including the closures of cafes, restaurants and leisure facilities to encourage members of the public to take action on social distancing – advice that we should all follow, particularly in London.
For these reasons we have made the decision to significantly reduce the number of visitors to Croydon University Hospital until further notice.
From Sunday 22nd March we will no longer be allowing visitors to any of our adult inpatient wards and we will ask family members to instead keep in touch via telephone or video calls where possible.
We are working hard to provide additional facilities on site to make this even easier for our patients.
Women in labour in our maternity unit will still be able to bring a birthing partner with them and children under 16 on our inpatient wards will still be allowed visitors, but these will be limited to two at a time.
We will of course still do our best to accommodate visits to patients who are critically ill or nearing the end of their life.
This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make, but as a Trust we feel these measures are necessary to keep our patients and our staff safe.
If you have a dry cough or a high temperature please do not visit at all. If you are concerned that you have symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) then you can find out more here.
Thank you for your understanding at this time. We will update on any further changes in due course.