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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Oxford Kidney Unit

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 and stay at home for seven days.

Important information about our services and restrictions on visiting our hospitals can be found in the COVID-19 section.

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COVID-19 update

Oxford Kidney Unit and Transplant Centre

Appointments

We will only ask you to come to hospital if we think it will be better for you. Most of your appointments will now be telephone appointments.

If we ask you to come to hospital:

  • follow the instructions before entering the building
  • wash or gel your hands on arrival
  • do not cross barriers or markings on the floor - they are there to protect you and our staff.

We will treat you as quickly and safely as possible. All staff providing clinical care will be wearing gloves, aprons and masks - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

It is important that no relatives, friends or carers come into the hospital: if they bring you for an appointment they must leave you in reception.

You can phone them (or we will) when you are ready to go home. They must not go for a walk around the hospital while they are waiting.

Hospital transport providers now carry just one patient at a time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

For all dialysis patients (PD, home HD and hospital HD), CKD stage 3, 4 and 5 and transplant patients.

I have received a letter from my GP advising me that I am a vulnerable patient and to shield - what does this mean?

Some people will have other long-term health conditions in addition to their dialysis. NHS England considers these people to be in a vulnerable group.

The advice is here:

Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 - gov.uk

Dialysis was not specifically mentioned but we believe it should have been.

The advice is to avoid face to face contact except from carers and healthcare workers who you need to see as part of your medical care.

This includes coming for dialysis because you need to come to dialysis to keep well. Not having dialysis is a life-threatening situation.

If you need help, please register with the Government or with your local council.

Can I go out for a walk?

Unless you have received a letter from your GP advising you to stay at home, follow the advice given to the rest of the population.

Avoid public spaces that are popular (parks, canal walks etc.) as, if they are busy, it is difficult to stay at least two metres away from all other people.

If I test positive for coronavirus, what should I do?

Stay at home, other than attending for dialysis, for the next seven days. If you still have a temperature after seven days continue to self-isolate until your temperature has been normal for 48 hours. Anyone living with you should self-isolate for 14 days.

Do not have visitors unless they are providing essential care. We will keep in touch with you.

Haemodialysis

If you are on haemodialysis, you need to come for your treatment.

When you arrive at your dialysis unit we will take your temperature and ask you if you have any symptoms of coronavirus. You must then wash your hands before going straight to your dialysis bed or chair. We are moving patients swiftly to avoid congestion in our waiting areas.

If you are aged 70 or over, and if it is felt safe to do so after discussion with your consultant, we will reduce your dialysis to twice weekly.

We will check your bloods and fluid status to make sure this is right for you.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus please phone your local dialysis unit - we can then discuss the best treatment for you. This may involve haemodialysis in Oxford (not in your local unit) or a rest from dialysis for a few days.

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 we will provide your dialysis in a dedicated isolation facility in Oxford for 10 days from your positive result.

If you continue to have a temperature after 10 days, you must remain in isolation for a further 48 hours after your temperature has returned to normal.

Peritoneal Dialysis

We are not carrying out routine care but we will provide emergency care.

Please phone your local unit in the first instance. If no-one is there you will be asked to phone Oxford Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Unit or the Renal Ward:

Contact us

Medications

If possible, routine medications should be collected by a relative or a nominated representative. We may be able to post some medications.

Official websites

Information changes daily, so please check Government websites for up-to-date information.

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

www.nhs.uk/covid-19

Kidney Care UK

Contact us

Oxford Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Unit
Tel: 01865 225792
Email: pd.team@ouh.nhs.uk

Wycombe PD Unit
Tel: 01494 426349

Swindon PD Unit
Tel: 01793 605288

Milton Keynes PD Unit
Tel: 01908 996465

Renal Ward / Renal Day Case
Churchill Hospital
Tel: 01865 225780
24 hours, including weekends and Bank Holidays

Renal Dietitians
Churchill Hospital
Tel: 01865 225061

Renal Pharmacists
Churchill Hospital
Tel: 01865 226105

Main Haemodialysis Unit
Churchill Hospital
Tel: 01865 225780

Tarver Haemodialysis Unit
Churchill Hospital
Tel: 01865 225695

Milton Keynes Haemodialysis Unit
Tel: 01908 996496

Stoke Mandeville Haemodialysis Unit
Tel: 01296 316996

Banbury Haemodialysis Unit
Currently at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford
Tel: 01865 737556

High Wycombe Haemodialysis Unit
Tel: 01494 426347

Swindon Haemodialysis Unit
Tel: 01793 605286

Wytham Ward
Churchill Hospital
Tel: 01865 253010

Oxford Pre Dialysis Nurses
Tel: 01865 226158 / 225359

Anaemia Team, Oxford
Tel: 01865 225210 / 226657