On 9 January 2020, WHO reported that Chinese authorities had made a preliminary identification of a novel coronavirus from a patient hospitalised with pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.
The virus can cause pneumonia-like symptoms, those who have fallen ill are reported to suffer coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. In severe cases there can be organ failure. As this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use, If people are admitted to hospital, they may get support for their lungs and other organs, as well as fluids. Recovery will depend on the strength of their immune system. Many of those who have died were vulnerable because of existing underlying health conditions.
Declared as a global pandemic in March 2020, the world is still learning about the disease. We have all had to adapt, and it is because of this that visiting in hospitals has been restricted. Hospital sites are working out how we can adapt long term, with the realisation that we will have to live alongside COVID-19 for the foreseeable future.
We understand how challenging having a loved one in hospital at this time can be. It can be difficult not to be able to visit, and you may feel excluded from discussions and decisions. We want to reassure you that while COVID-19 has undoubtedly disrupted many things, safe, effective patient care is the highest priority for our sites. Where possible staff will aim to keep you updated and answer questions.
Our hospital sites are working hard to keep staff and patients safe, and are examining systems and processes to ensure they continue to offer the highest standards of care. This includes working within the latest government guidelines, promoting social distancing and limiting face to face appointments in outpatients settings.
If your friend or relative attends one of the Major Trauma Centres (either Manchester Royal Infirmary or Salford Royal Hospital) they will be assigned a key worker who is the nominated point of contact. We advise you contact hospital websites to receive up to date advice on the latest guidelines and procedures.
Our interactive map links to individual websites and can be found in the ‘Patient Journey’ section.