Covid-19 (Coronavirus) advice for patients & visitors at Fortius

As part of the nation-wide private sector response to the NHS request for support fighting COVID-19, Fortius has formally agreed to support the NHS. You can read more about this here. This means we will be prioritising our support to the NHS and will only treat private patients where the need is urgent or time critical.

If you have surgery booked with Fortius it is likely that it will have been cancelled unless it meets the criteria of urgent or time critical. We have a multi-disciplinary panel of senior clinicians who are reviewing cases to ensure that there is an urgent need, and that we can ensure the safety of our staff and patients. If your surgery is affected, your consultant will be in touch with you. If you have any questions about your appointments, please contact your consultant’s secretary or our appointments team. 

We are offering all patients remote consultations via video using telemedicine software or phone, for both new and follow up consultations. You can speak to our dedicated bookings team to find out more on 02031952442.

The latest advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please be aware we do not offer testing for coronavirus at any of our sites.
  
We are continuing to follow guidance and advice of Public Health England to ensure the safety and welfare of our consultants, staff and patients. 
 
Stay at home for seven days if you have any of the following symptoms:
•    A new continuous cough 
•    A high temperature of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher

 
If you live with someone else, they should stay home for 14 days from the day the first person had symptoms

If you live with someone who is classed as vulnerable (pregnant, over 70, has a long-term condition, or weakened immune system) they should try stay elsewhere for 14 days. If this isn’t possible, try and stay at least a metre apart from each other during this time. 

It is important you stay home during this time, do not visit your GP, a pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to notify 111 if you’re staying at home.

Use NHS 111 online if you feel you cannot manage your symptoms at home alone, your condition worsens or you do not get better after seven days. If you cannot get assistance online, call 111. 

You can find more advice on the NHS website.
 

Protecting yourself and others

The latest advice from the government advises everyone must follow these guidelines on social distancing:

  • Everyone must stay home unless deemed an essential keyworker
  • Only leave your house for essential shopping, light exercise close to home or for medical items
  • No public gatherings of more than two people, and these must be members of your household
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work 
  • Catch coughs or sneezes in a tissue and bin it immediately
  • If you don’t have a tissue, use your elbow 
  • Avoid others with coronavirus symptoms, even within your own household
  • Do not touch your face unless your hands are clean
  • Do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family. Do not visit other relatives at home. 

Those at risk

The NHS will contact you from Monday 23 March 2020 if you are at particularly high risk of getting seriously ill with coronavirus. You'll be given specific advice about what to do.
Do not contact your GP or healthcare team at this stage – wait to be contacted.

Who is at risk

You may be at a particularly high risk of getting seriously ill with coronavirus if you:

  • have had an organ transplant and are taking immunosuppressant medicine
  • are having chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
  • have a severe chest condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
  • have another serious health condition