Salisbury District Hospital Services Update Winter 2020-2021

Since last December Covid-19 has spread extensively across the UK, and more recently in South Wiltshire, where Infection rates have increased significantly in all age groups, driven by a new variant of the virus. SDH is dealing with this surge alongside other non Covid activity and every effort is also being made to maintain planned levels of elective work and care for everyone who needs it. Therefore, if you have an urgent health problem and think you need to go to an emergency department, you should contact NHS 111 first either online or by phone by calling 111. The service is free to use including from all mobiles.

There is concern that some people may cancel or postpone their appointment in response to news of rising rates of infection and hospital admissions. However, unless notified by the hospital that an appointment has been cancelled, people should attend their appointments. Alternative ‘safe ways’ of consulting with patients are in place, and be assured, safety is a priority.

Vaccination against Coronavirus is now underway in South Wiltshire

First in line for the vaccine are people aged 80 and over who are already attending hospital, as well as care home workers and front line NHS workers most at risk.

People living in South Wiltshire, eligible for the vaccine, should wait to be contacted by the NHS instead of calling their local hospital or GP practice directly.

Rollout of the vaccine is a huge logistical challenge and the physical process of giving the vaccine will be a marathon – with vaccinations taking place continuously in some areas over the next few months. Everyone who is eligible will be contacted with instructions about receiving the vaccine.

More information on the vaccines can be found online at www.nhs.uk.

It’s essential to continue following the guidance to protect yourself and everyone else.

This message is from the elected governors for South Wiltshire Rural – Tony Pryor-Jones, William Holmes, Dr Jennifer Lisle and Dr James Roberson; who may be contacted via:

The Membership Manager
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Chief Executive Dept.
Salisbury District Hospital
Odstock Road
Salisbury
SP2 8BJ
Phone: 01722 336262 ext.5479