Your planned procedure or endoscopy

We’ll let you know if there are any changes to your appointment by text, call, or letter.

Please attend your appointment alone if possible. If you’re bringing someone with you, they need to follow these instructions too.

Follow social distancing rules, wear a mask in public, and remember to regularly wash or sanitize your hands.

Three days before your procedure: get tested

Depending on the procedure, we’ll ask you to take a covid test (PCR) or a home covid test (LFT).

You can order home tests via gov.uk if you're being admitted to hospital for a procedure or treatment.

✔️ If you test negative, attend your endoscopy or planned procedure.

❌ If you test positive, follow the covid guidance on nhs.uk and call us: the number is in your letter.

Take precautions

From the date of your test to the day of your appointment, we will ask to you either:

  • Self-isolate or
  • Be careful in public: regularly sanitise your hands, wear a face covering, and leave space where possible (remember hands, face, space)

If someone in your household has covid or flu-like symptoms, make sure they’re isolated away from you.

Just before your planned surgery

If you’re coming in for surgery, we’ll call you the day before admission for a for a wellness check.

On the day

Do not leave for your appointment if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • a high temperature (37.8 degrees or higher)
  • a new continuous cough
  • loss of smell (sometimes called anosmia)
  • or diarrhoea and vomiting

Instead:

  • follow the guidance on nhs.net
  • call us on 0208 869 2044 so we can talk about your care.

Masks and face coverings

  • please wear a mask in clinical areas and wards
  • you don't need to wear a mask in public areas such as corridors and cafes.

Bringing someone with you to hospital

If you’re bringing someone with you and they have these symptoms, they must stay away:

  • Do not visit if you have:
  • covid or flu
  • covid or flu-like symptoms
  • diarrhoea or vomiting
  • or they’ve been told to isolate, or they’re waiting for their covid test results

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