This is a fast-changing situation. Please keep visiting this page where we will announce any changes to the way our services are operating.
Unless you are advised otherwise, your existing appointments will be going ahead as normal. If there is any change to this the Trust will contact you in advance to let you know.
- Maternity services: Reinstatement of home birth service.
Following the recent decision to temporarily suspend our home birth service we are delighted to announce we will be reinstating the service with immediate effect.
Our Community Midwives will be contacting all women who are booked in for a home birth to inform them of the reinstatement of this service and to support them in their birth choices.
Please note, it is our priority to keep all women and babies in our care safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, therefore we will continue to monitor the situation weekly.
Please keep checking our website/COVID-19 information hub for updates.
Information reviewed: 16.42 Tuesday 5th May 2020
Fertility services: for the latest updates on fertility services and how they are resuming following recent temporary closure due to Covid-19 please visit The Hewitt Fertility Centre website.
- Community Midwifery: clinics are still running, however patients are advised not to bring any family members with you to the GP Surgery, Children’s Centre or Hospital during this time.
- Gyane Emergency Department: Telephone triage line introduced for Gynaecology Emergency Department.
As a result of the increased requirement for social distancing we will be implementing a telephone triage line for the Gynaecology Emergency department from 1pm Wednesday 25th March.
If you think you need to attend the emergency department then please contact 0151 702 4140, where you will have a telephone call with a clinical member of staff. The staff member will ask you a series of clinical questions and if needed will arrange an appointment to be seen in the department.
You will not be able to enter the Emergency department unless you have been given an appointment by a member of the clinical team. If you arrive at the hospital without an appointment you may be asked to contact the emergency number.
Please be assured that there is no change to the ambulance service. if you are being transferred to hospital in an ambulance following a 999 phone call.
Gynaecology Elective Activity: From the 1st June Liverpool Women’s Gynaecology started to recommence some of it’s elective activity. This will be a phased approach with patient attendance/ appointment numbers restricted to ensure social distancing measures and other safety measures in relation to Covid-19 are adhered to within the hospital. The hospital will contact you in advance of your outpatient or inpatient appointments being scheduled as part of this phased re-opening of our elective services.
- Oncology: Our cancer clinics and surgery will continue to run and there are no plans at present to step down or suspend these services. Every measure is being taken to ensure that critical cancer care continues to be delivered in the safest and most efficient way to protect our patients and our staff during this difficult time.
- We will be conducting follow-up clinics via telephone or virtually wherever possible.
- Necessary face-to-face appointments will be structured into a one-stop model as far as possible, to minimise time spent on the hospital site.
- Cancer surgery lists may change at short notice due to the pressures arising from COVID-19. Our appointments team will be in contact should this affect you.
If you were due to attend for a cancer appointment, you will be contacted directly with further details of what this means for you.
If you are due to attend for an appointment or for surgery, our team will contact you the day before your appointment for COVID-19 screening. If you have symptoms, or are self-isolating as a member of your household has symptoms, then we will reschedule your appointment for when you are well again and able to attend hospital. This is to ensure your safety and wellbeing, as well as that of our staff and other patients.
- Termination of Pregnancy: The Bedford Centre is currently running a primarily telephone-based service. If a scan or a face-to-face appointment is required, this will be advised in your telephone consultation.
If it is determined that you need to attend in person, then unless you are under 16 or need a carer unfortunately your support person will need to wait outside the hospital building. This is to minimise the number of people coming in and out of the building.
The primary option offered for termination of pregnancy will be outpatient medical management. What this means for you will be discussed in your telephone consultation.
To make an appointment, please contact the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) on 03457 30 40 30.
- Disposal of Pregnancy Remains Following Miscarriage at Home Leaflet
- The Liverpool Centre for Genomic Medicine: The Liverpool Centre for Genomic Medicine is working hard to ensure that for all patients, that it is appropriate for, we offer a telephone or virtual clinic appointment during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, many of our patients will need to be seen in person and those patients will receive a letter to let them know that their appointment will be arranged once we are able to offer face to face appointments again.
For patients with rare diseases there is some excellent information leaflets available from the charity Unique: https://www.rarechromo.org/ and from the British Society of Genomic Medicine:
- An overview of Covid-19 and rare disease
- What makes a person more vulnerable to Covid-19?
- Understanding your risk from Covid-19 id you have a rare disease
- What should I do if I am an extremely vulnerable person?
- What to do if you have symptoms that could be due to Covid-19
- I am worried about letting my carer/my child's carers into my home - what should I do?