Your safety is our priority. Rest assured, we are strictly following all government guidelines at Spire Murrayfield and The Sefton Suite to keep everyone safe.
We know that some patients have an increased risk catching COVID or of serious complications should they contract COVID. It may be that these patients would be better served by delaying surgery at the present time until the risk decreases. Please discuss this when you come to your outpatient appointment. A list of such conditions can be found here. We are only too aware that many patients are very worried about the risk of COVID. We completely understand this and will do everything we can to address any concerns you have.
If you are symptomatic for COVID or have been asked to self-isolate, please let us know and we will re-arrange your treatment.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) have updated their guidelines (27 July 2020) during the COVID pandemic:
Steroid injections have been safely used for years to alleviate joint and soft tissue pain. There is a theoretical risk following a steroid injection of an increased susceptibility to COVID-19, and potentially a more severe course of the disease should you catch it. We will discuss these risks with you if an injection is recommended. further information (found here) has been published by the British Society for Surgery of the Hand.
For patients undergoing surgery
Patients should follow comprehensive social-distancing and hand-hygiene measures for 14 days before admission. AND have a test for SARS‑CoV‑2 within 3 days before admission and self-isolate from the day of the test until the day of admission. This will be organised by the hospital.
For all other planned procedures, including diagnostic tests and imaging
Please follow comprehensive social distancing and hand hygiene measures for 14 days before having planned care.