As the situation around Coronavirus continues to evolve, we are doing everything we can to protect the health and wellbeing of our patients, members of the public and employees.
This has resulted in us implementing new measures to ensure maximum safety, and this now includes restricting access for patient visitors for both outpatients and patients on the ward.
We thank you in advance for your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.
Cancellation of potential high risk patient procedures
Due to the current Covid-19 situation, hospitals within Kent and Sussex are currently under extreme pressure and operating near to or beyond capacity for beds and staff within their ITUs (Intensive Therapy Units).
The McIndoe Centre relies on the support of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (MTW) if a patient requires emergency transfer to an ITU facility. At this current time, MTW cannot guarantee that they would be able to accept a transfer from The McIndoe Centre, therefore it is with regret that we have no option but to cancel any surgery that has the potential risk of requiring higher-level care.
We are aiming to proceed with minor operations for low-risk patients until the 23rd December. The Centre will close from midday on the 24th December, reopening on the 4th January 2021.
It is not currently thought that the situation in January will be significantly better; therefore, we have taken the decision to only proceed with minor, low risk surgery for the first two weeks whilst we assess the situation within the NHS Trusts.
Outpatient activity, including MSK, physiotherapy, pre-admission and diagnostics will continue as per normal.
Patient safety remains our very highest priority. Please be assured we will continue to monitor the situation and if further changes are required, we will advise accordingly.
Previous Update: Patient Visitors
At this current time, visitors are only allowed to accompany a patient to an outpatient consultation or visit a patient in exceptional circumstances. If a permitted carer or visitor is required, please contact us in advance so this can be approved by the appropriate clinical team and we can make the necessary arrangements required to maintain patient and staff safety.
We kindly ask that if someone is driving you to your outpatient appointment, please ask them to wait for you in the car until your appointment is finished. This is to reduce the number of people coming into the hospital at this time.