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Salisbury Hospital - An Update

As services begin to return to normal at the hospital patients who have been

referred by their GP or whose treatment was interrupted by the pandemic are

being sent appointments. These appointments are being prioritised according to

health need. This means those in the most urgent need of investigation or

treatment are being offered the earliest appointments.

The hospital wishes to reassure patients who were on a waiting list before the

COVID-19 outbreak and have not been contacted that they are still on their waiting

list. However, it is likely that waiting times will be longer than is usual at the

hospital. The Trust is sorry for this and for any worry this may cause patients.

Many suspended services are now open again and the Trust has introduced

alternative ways to see patients. For example the hospital is using video and

telephone consultations where it is appropriate to do so. These and other

measures are helping to provide the care needed by patients and are helping the

doctors and other clinical staff to work through waiting lists as quickly as possible.

The Trust wishes to thank patients for their understanding while staff work to

restore services safely.

Video links

The Trust has produced a number of videos for the public and patients – links to

these are below:

Help Us to Help You

Violet’s treatment story

Keeping you safe at SDH

Laura’s COVID-19 Story

Urgent and essential services have continued throughout the emergency. Advice

remains that anyone experiencing symptoms that are causing concern should seek

medical advice. If this is the case or if you think an existing condition is getting

worse or you are experiencing increasing pain, please contact your GP.

Compliance with social distancing and behavioural measures continue to be

important as restrictions on our personal freedoms are eased. It will help ensure

hospital services can return to normal quickly and safely.

John Mangan

Lead Governor and Public Governor for the New Forest

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