Visiting

We are taking all the necessary steps to protect our patients and staff in preventing the spread of COVID-19. We are therefore suspending ALL non-essential visiting to our wards and departments until further notice. More details HERE.


Blood test

As we continue with or plans to manage the current COVID-19 pandemic, all blood tests for patients 12 years and over will take place at Gravesend Community Hospital (GCH), Bath Street, Gravesend DA11 ODG until further notice.  

The opening hours at GCH are Monday to Friday (9am to 2pm) - no appointment necessary, people are seen on a first come, first served basis.  Please do not go to Darent Valley Hospital to have your blood taken.


Telephoning

If one of your relatives is currently an inpatient, we would like to kindly remind you that we are taking one point of contact and we ask for them to contact the ward directly - limited to once a day. We will still maintain patients' confidentiality and information will be limited. If they're able, we encourage you to contact the patients directly. The ward will contact you if your relative's condition changes, as usual


Outpatient appointments

It has been necessary to put a series of emergency measures in place to limit the footfall on hospital sites in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. One of the steps to reduce the number of patients on-site is to limit all non-essential visits to the hospital wherever possible. Read more HERE.


Surgery

In order to help us manage the increasing demand on our services caused by coronavirus, we are starting to reduce some of our non-urgent care. Our clinical teams are working hard to identify how to best manage this within each service so we can make sure that we are still providing care to those who need it most. For some patients, this may involve cancelling or rearranging surgery. 


Self isolating

If you are self isolating and have a hospital appointment booked during your isolation please do not visit the hospital. Simply contact us to cancel your appointment and will rearrange one for you.


Maternity appointments

In light of the current health advice, the Maternity Department have put in several measures including cancelling all forthcoming Parent Education classes. Read more HERE.


Restaurant - Level 1

The hospital restaurant on Level 1 has been closed to members of the public.


Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and advice regarding the coronavirus can be found on the www.gov.uk website, and via NHS111. If you are concerned that you or a family member may have symptoms following recent travel, please contact NHS111.

The latest information on symptoms of Coronovirus infection and areas where recent travel may have resulted in a high risk of exposure can be found on nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.

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