Salisbury District Hospital South Wiltshire Rural Governors Update

COVID-19 Cases

Salisbury District Hospital continues to experience intense pressure as it treats large number of COVID-19 positive patients.

In order to continue to provide care for those suffering the severe impact of COVID-19 infection and those with other critical conditions, the hospital are having to make changes to the way the hospital works and how they prioritise who they can treat. To that end the hospital are limiting the number of surgical procedures undertaken. Sadly, this means having to postpone some operations. The hospital continues to perform all cancer, high priority, emergency and trauma surgery. By making this difficult decision the hospital can continue to provide professional, compassionate care when it is most needed.

The hospital will contact you if your appointment has been postponed. If you do not hear from them, please attend as planned.

If you are feeling unwell please contact the NHS by calling 111, your GP or in an emergency 999. A&E remains open 24/7 to treat emergencies and the hospital continues to provide critical and urgent care, and of course the maternity team never stop delivering babies.

Send a Message to a Loved One

During this challenging time, when families and friends are not able to visit their loved ones in hospital, the hospital has set up a dedicated email address enabling family and friends to send a message to a loved one. To do this, email sft.messagetoalovedone@nhs.net with your message.

From 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday – Friday messages can also be telephoned through to the PALS team on 01722 429044.

To make sure that the messages get to the right people please provide the full name of the recipient, the ward the loved one is being cared for on, and/or the loved one’s date of birth/full postal address.

COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Salisbury Area

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus and a number of venues in the area have now opened. Patients will be able to choose whether to have the vaccine at a Large Vaccination site such as Salisbury City Hall, or to wait to be invited to a GP-led vaccination clinic, which could be more convenient. However, people will not be able to make an appointment until they have received their invitation!

Please note that vaccinations are free of charge and only available through the NHS. Anyone who claims to be able to provide you with a vaccine for a fee is likely to be committing a crime and should be reported to the Police online or by calling 112.

More information on the vaccine can be found online on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine page via the NHS website.

The elected governors for South Wiltshire Rural may be contacted via:

The Membership Manager
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Chief Executive Dept.
Salisbury District Hospital
Odstock Road
Salisbury
SP2 8BJ

Phone: 01722 336262 ext.5479