We have put together answers to your frequently asked questions regarding planned surgery at Barnsley Hospital. Please read these before attending the hospital for planned surgery.

Do I have to have a Covid-19 test before my surgery?

Yes. You must have a Covid-19 test 48-72 hours prior to the date of your surgery.

Can someone come to the hospital with me?

Where possible we advise you to come alone, one carer can attend with you if required.

How are you implementing social distancing measures in Pre-assessment?

You will be taken directly to the assessment room to reduce any interaction with other patients. Where this is not possible, you will wait in a waiting area where chairs have been placed to support social distancing of 2 metres at all times.

Will I be provided with a face covering or do I need to wear my own?

You must wear a face covering (mask, scarf, cloth mask) when you attend the hospital and any areas within the hospital. A face mask will be provided on entry to the unit.

Will hand sanitiser be provided?

Alcohol gel will be provided on entry to the unit and you will be asked to clean your hands.

Will staff be wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)?

Staff will wear an apron, mask and visor during any swabbing procedure, and an apron and mask for any other patient assessment. During surgical procedures staff will wear full PPE as advised by Public Health England.

Do I need to self-isolate before my surgery?

You and your household will be asked to maintain social distance from others for 14 days and self-isolate for 3 days following your Covid swab test. Some conditions will require 14 self-isolation and the clinical team will advise you of this directly. If you do not think you can adhere to this, you must inform us as this will affect your arrangements for surgery. We appreciate this may be difficult for some patients, if you require help whilst self-isolating you can contact the NHS Volunteers Responders to help with tasks such as collecting shopping and prescriptions. For more information visit www.nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk

What will happen if I choose to delay my surgery?

If you choose to cancel your first allocated date, you will be given a second date. If you choose to cancel your second date, you will be discharged back to your GP (or other referrer). They will have to refer you again for treatment.

I am travelling to my appointment via public transport – what do I need to do?

You should wear a face covering if you are using public transport, taxi or are being driven by someone who is not in your immediate household. This could be a mask, a scarf or a cloth covering. See here for instructions on how to make a suitable face covering.

Someone in my household is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, what should I do?

If you or anyone in your household develops symptoms of Covid-19 it may affect your surgery arrangements. Please call our Pre-Assessment team 01226 432795

Covid-19 symptoms include:

  • A high temperature (over 37.8)
  • A new, continuous cough
  • Any loss or change to your sense of smell or taste