If you have been COVID-19 positive in the last 10 days, or you are a household contact of someone who has been COVID-19 positive in the last 10 days, or you have any Covid, cold or flu like symptoms (a runny nose, sore throat, cough, temperature, headache, loss of smell or taste) please call 0208 934 2875 to rearrange your appointment.
To keep you and our staff safe and to minimise the risks of spreading infections there are a number of precautions that we are asking everyone to take:
Please wear a mask. If you are mask exempt, please ask a receptionist for a face shield.
Please wash or sanitise your hands regularly while you are on the hospital site.
Our staff at Kingston Private Health are delighted to support the Research and Innovation Team at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and #Red4Research Day. COVID-19 has affected many colleagues & patients across the Trust so today is a perfect opportunity to collectively demonstrate support and appreciation for all those involved in Covid_19 research.
Our huge congratulations go to Jan, one of our Ward Sisters, who has received a long-service award.
Jan says: “It’s almost 44 years since I began my nursing career. I sometimes wonder what my 18-year-old self would make of the changes in nursing. From Australian lifts to sliding sheets and hoists, starched aprons and pleated hats to scrubs and crocs.
“Through all the ups and downs and tears what hasn’t changed – and I believe never will – is the difference it makes to a patient and their family to be treated with kindness, empathy and dignity. Nursing never fails to keep me motivated and interested.”
Our private maternity and delivery service is supported by the trusted maternity team at Kingston Hospital and we want to wish them all a very Happy International Day of the Midwife.
Below, Lucie, our Specialist Midwife, shares just how special her role is, how the maternity team continued to provide outstanding care during the Covid-19 pandemic and wonderful comments from a new mum who received support from us after giving birth to a baby girl.
Lucie says: “Many people often ask me what it is like to deliver a baby but being a midwife is a lot more than the delivery itself. I am often involved from the early stages of when a positive pregnancy test has just been discovered through to the duration of the pregnancy and early postnatal period.
She continues: “During the pandemic Kingston Private Health maternity continued to provide outstanding care to women and their families, welcoming many babies. Even though the pandemic presented both professional challenges and personal ones – I had to leave my own lockdown puppy at home – I found working during the pandemic rewarding and I am extremely proud to be part of a fantastic team who have supported each other.
“Being part of the women’s journey and meeting new life is wonderful.”
Lucie also shares the below testimonial from a new mother who recently received care from our midwives.
The new mum said: “We received wonderful dedicated care from the team of midwives at Kingston Private Health, following the birth of our little girl. After a long labour – with a number of interventions – we were supported and cared for every step of the way in the days we spent recovering and getting to grips with feeding and caring for our baby.
The midwife team were always by our side, but equally knew when to give us time as a family to find our own feet. Support in terms of feeding, bathing baby and my recovery process was all invaluable and crucial in making our experience of the birth and early days a truly positive one, when it could have been very challenging.
“We felt comfortable to let the amazing midwives take over looking after our little girl for a few hours when sleep and recuperation was needed; equally, we could call on them to stand by and guide us the rest of the time as we muddled along doing feeds and nappy changes.
“I would not hesitate to use Kingston Private Health midwife care again if we have another baby – it set us up with such a solid foundation and now that we are home the benefit of those early days of care is even more apparent.”
From 24 July, it will be compulsory to wear a face mask or covering in shops in England. Here, our Consultant Nurse in Dermatology, Alberto Barea, shares his tips for looking after your skin.
Frequent hand washing and prolonged use of face masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) can irritate the skin and, in some cases, induce contact dermatitis (a type of eczema triggered by contact with a specific substance).
As the requirements of face covering and frequent hand washing are vital for controlling the spread of the virus and these measures are expected to remain in place for months to come, it is important to be prepared and prevent any problems with some good skin care.
My top tips are:
Keep your skin clean and well moisturised: apply a lotion-based moisturiser to the face 20-30 minutes before wearing a face mask.
Apply hand moisturiser (a cream or ointment) frequently throughout the day to prevent skin irritation from hand sanitisers and handwashing. Pat dry rather than rubbing your hands with a towel.
Take time to fit your mask. Ensure all folds in your mask have been used to optimise the correct fit for you and do not over-tighten.
If you feel your mask is digging in, move away from direct people contact, remove the mask and allow the skin to recover for approximately five minutes.
Check the face mask does not build up excessive moisture. If it feels wet inside it is likely to lose its protective function and will need to be replaced anyway.
Ensure you wash your face, and gently pat it dry with a tissue or towel before reapplying a new mask.
Regularly inspect your skin for signs of redness/soreness. It is important that you take regular breaks (I recommend every two hours) from wearing a mask to relieve the pressure and reduce moisture build-up.
Kingston Private Health and the NHS is well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases, and measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of the public and patients whilst NHS staff ensure services continue to be available. Please see our infographic below to show our main measures in place.
In line with national guidance and those of the wider Trust, we are currently unable to allow visitors to the Unit. We kindly ask family members to instead keep in touch via telephone or video calls, where possible.
Exceptions to visitor restrictions will be made only in the following circumstances:
If a patient is receiving end-of-life care
Children under 16 on our inpatient wards – one parent or carer is allowed at a time. Unfortunately, siblings are unable to visit at the moment
Women in labour in our maternity unit – one birthing partner allowed
Visitors will be asked about possible Covid-19 symptoms, required to sanitise their hands and wear a mask and other PPE to meet infection control requirements. We ask for your help in respecting this guidance. Thank you.
The most up-to-date public guidance on Covid-19 is always online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
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