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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Alert Coronavirus / COVID-19

If you have a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell, do not come to our hospitals. Follow the national advice on coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please find information on our services and visiting restrictions in our COVID-19 section.

Patients and visitors must wear a face covering in our hospitals.

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COVID-19 safety rules

Updated 15 July 2021

Hospitals are where we look after people at their sickest and most vulnerable. This means we must protect our patients and our staff by minimising the risk of infection being brought into our clinics and wards.

For the safety of all our patients, visitors and staff please:

  • Wear a mask at all times (unless exempt)
  • Use sanitiser or wash your hands for 20 seconds
  • Maintain 2 metres distancing
  • Keep to the left in our corridors
  • Obey the signs showing the maximum number of people in a room / lift
  • Don't use seats that are taped off
  • Observe visiting rules - see Visitor FAQs
  • Ask a member of staff if you are not sure

And please note, that all of these apply even if you have had two vaccinations, as you can still carry infection.

Why are we asking you to do all this on our sites?

When someone brings a community acquired COVID-19 infection into the hospital, they could pass it on to patients, visitors and our staff.

We have to protect vulnerable patients for whom a COVID-19 infection could be fatal, or severely delay their treatment for other diseases / procedures.

We have to protect our staff. If our clinical staff have to isolate, then we may have to postpone planned appointments and operations because we do not have enough staff available.

We have to protect visitors. Visits are so important for our patients' wellbeing. If visitors or patients test positive for COVID-19, then visits cannot take place.

We have to protect you too. As long as everyone follows the rules, then we should be able to keep you safe from acquiring COVID-19 while you are here.