In March, all hospitals, including Salisbury District Hospital, were instructed by NHS England to temporarily cancel non-urgent outpatient appointments and routine surgery so as to be able to maintain services for urgent treatments, whilst freeing up capacity for the expected surge in COVID-19 patients.
We have now restarted some non-emergency services and our clinicians have reviewed all waiting lists very carefully to prioritise patients dependent on the state of their health. This means that those with the greatest need will be seen first.
If you were on a waiting list before the COVID-19 outbreak, you will still be on our waiting list unless we have contacted you to advise you differently. However, it is likely that waiting times will be longer then you would have expected at Salisbury District Hospital. We are sorry for this and for any worry this may cause you.
If you feel that you are seriously unwell, please call 111 or, in an emergency, call 999. If you think your condition is deteriorating, or you are experiencing increasing pain, please contact your GP.
Many services are now open and we have also introduced alternative ways to see patients. For example we have introduced video and telephone consultations where it is clinically appropriate to do so. These and other measures are helping us to provide the care needed to our patients and are also helping us to work through waiting lists as quickly as possible.
When it’s time for you to come for your appointment or procedure, we’ll get in touch with you.
Thank you for your patience while our staff work hard to safely restore our services.
Our staff at Salisbury District Hospital have long been well regarded for the quality of care and treatment they provide for our patients and for their innovation, commitment and professionalism. This has been recognised in a wide range of achievements and it is reflected in our award of NHS Foundation Trust status. This is afforded to hospitals that provide the highest standards of care.