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Service Updates

Due to the increasing number of Coronavirus cases in the UK, UHNM has taken a range of measures to ensure that both of our hospitals, our staff and our patients remain safe.

UHNM has emergency planning procedures and certain elements of our plan are now being put in place to ensure NHS resources are directed where they are needed.

Steps have been taken to help ensure we can prioritise our sickest patients and protect staff and emergency services.

These include:

The Emergency Department at Royal Stoke University Hospital will no longer treat minor injuries in adults or children in order to free up vital resources.

During this time Haywood Hospital will be able to provide these essential services to the local community. Orthopaedic surgeons and emergency nurse practitioners from Royal Stoke will join the Haywood Walk-in centre team to provide an enhanced service.

We are asking the public to consider if they are in need of these facilities and make an informed choice on attendance. Patients attending Royal Stoke will be re-directed to Haywood Hospital and those attending A&E at County will be redirected to the fractures clinic.

Please note that all other emergency services at Royal Stoke, including the Major Trauma Service and the Children’s Emergency Department (ages 0 to 15), and County Hospital will be operating as normal for major injury and illness.

Patients will be able to speak to an expert clinician who will offer advice on the next steps to take. Anyone who needs advice out of hours should telephone NHS 111 in the first instance for guidance.

We apologise for the inconvenience this causes but the safety of our patients must remain a top priority and it is important to ensure we fully comply with the actions taken by government to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Minor injuries at County Hospital, Patients must first enter via A&E reception before being seen in the fracture clinic between 9am and 6pm.

Orthopaedic surgeons and Emergency Nurse Practitioners will provide this service.

Outside of these hours you may be asked to return the following day.

Patients who have an eye emergency are also being asked not to attend hospital straight away and instead call a telephone number and speak to a specialist.

Please contact the Emergency Eye Clinic on 01782 674300. This service is available Monday to Friday from 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm and Sunday from 9 am to 12 noon.

The Freestanding Birthing Unit (FMBU) at County Hospital and the Midwifery Home Birthing Service will close temporarily from Monday 23 March to help staff at University Hospitals of North Midlands provide safe maternity services to all pregnant women.

This decision has been made as part of a planned strategy to help UHNM cope with extra pressures and demands being faced as a result of COVID-19.

The temporary closure of the FMBU and Midwifery Home Birthing Service allow UHNM to make the best use of maternity staff and provide a safe service at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

All women booked into the FMBU or for a home birth are being contacted and will be offered delivery at the co-located Midwifery Birthing Centre (MBC) at Royal Stoke.

Michelle Rhodes, UHNM Chief Nurse, said: "We have a duty to provide safe care to our patients – including our expectant families and this decision will help us achieve that."​

As part of our response to Coronavirus, community phlebotomy services provided by UHNM Pathology are now by appointment only at :

  • Monday to Friday 08:00 - 16:45        Bradwell Hospital
  • Monday to Friday 08:00 - 16:45        Meir Primary Care Centre
  • Monday to Friday 08:00 - 16:45        Cobridge Community Health Centre
  • Monday to Friday 08:00 - 16:45        Bentilee Health Centre
  • Tuesday to Thursday 08:00 - 12:45   Leek Moorlands Hospital
  • Monday 09:00 – 16:00                     Tunstall Health Centre
  • Tuesday 09:00 – 12:00                     Tardis Surgery Cheadle (GP booked appointments)  
  • Wednesday 09:00 – 16:00                Biddulph Heath Centre
  • Thursday 09:00 – 12:00                   Stoke Health Centre
  • Friday 09:00 – 12:00                       Kidsgrove Heath Centre

To arrange an appointment for Phlebotomy please call 01782 674242. If you or your household have any symptoms of a new continuous cough or temperature you should not attend your appointment. Do not attend without an appointment.

Please follow national advice https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

As part of the UHNM response to the national Coronavirus outbreak, we have regrettably suspended the breast screening service in line with Government and Public Health England guidance.
 
If you have a booked appointment or are expecting an appointment, this will no longer be taking place. Once screening resumes you will be contacted with a new appointment.
 
If you have recently had a breast screening mammogram we will still send your results by post as usual. If you require further imaging we will contact you by letter and telephone.
 
In the meantime, if you have any changes in your breast or symptoms that are causing you concern, please contact your GP.

NHS England and NHS Improvement, in collaboration with the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), reached a national agreement with Independent Sector (IS) healthcare providers to secure all available inpatient capacity and resource in every area in England to form part of the national response to COVID-19.

The University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS (UHNM) Trust has been working in collaboration with the Independent Sector and as of Wednesday 8 April 2020 all inpatients currently on Ward 201 (located in the Cancer Centre) at the UHNM will be relocated to the inpatient facilities provided by the Nuffield Health North Staffordshire Hospital, Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB. The Cancer Centre Emergency Assessment Unit (direct admission unit) will also be relocated to the North Staffordshire Nuffield Hospital.

The Nuffield Ward 201 will continue to accommodate haematology and oncology patients requiring a hospital inpatient stay and is being staffed by UHNM Cancer Centre nursing, medical, pharmacy and support staff. All UHNM policies and procedures continue to be followed whilst patients are being housed at the Nuffield Ward 201 including the current visiting restrictions.

Day case chemotherapy will continue at the Cancer Centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital  

Some cancer surgery has also transferred to Nuffield Health North Staffordshire Hospital from Royal Stoke.