The health and well-being of our patients is our top priority. To keep people safe and well we will be ensuring our services continue whenever possible and safe to do so. We know heart problems will remain a concern during the coronavirus outbreak. We will continue to monitor and respond to the latest advice to assist our patients in the best possible way.
We are currently screening everyone by phone who comes into our clinics to ensure we keep our patients, visitors and staff safe. This means anyone visiting or being treated at an Exeter Heart clinic will be asked a series of questions about their health.
We are currently continuing to provide clinics and investigations as normal to help treat and improve our patients heart problems during the coronavirus outbreak.
We are happy and able to offer telephone appointments for patients that would prefer this option during the coming weeks.
Attending for Procedures
There will be additional screening for anyone undergoing procedures – if you are due to have a procedure with us, please expect your consultant or pre-assessment nurse to ask you detailed questions prior to your admission. If you have any symptoms that your doctor is concerned about, they may recommend postponing treatment.
If you have any questions about your upcoming clinic or procedure, please contact our secretarial team for guidance.
Public Health England (PHE) has outlined the symptoms of the coronavirus as follows:
1. A high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
2. A new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
When Not To Attend Hospital
Please do not attend your appointment for any reason if you have a high temperature (over 37.8 degrees) or have a new continuous cough or streaming nose or flu-like symptoms. If you do have these symptoms or anyone in your household does, please follow the latest guidance, more details can be found by clicking here.
Public Health England also has guidance.
Nuffield Hospital guidance can be found here.