Professor Tim Somervaille, haematology consultant at The Christie

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many patients are feeling more anxious than usual about coming into The Christie appointments and tests.

But if patients need to come into the hospital for an appointment, it’s really important for their care that they attend this.

Professor Tim Somervaille is a haematology consultant at The Christie. He’s seen first-hand how robust the safety measures are at the hospital to protect patients and staff.

We’re currently screening all patients and staff members for a temperature, cough or changes in sense of taste or smell. If anyone has any possible coronavirus symptoms, they will not be allowed into the general hospital areas.

Currently, we’re still reducing the numbers of people in the hospital by restricting visitors. Only carers are allowed in with patients and visitors are only allowed for patients on end of life care.

We’ve also got social distancing measures in place around the hospital to ensure everyone stays 2 meters apart. This includes markers on the floor and closing communal areas like The Christie restaurant.

Staff will also be wearing surgical face masks, gloves and a plastic apron whenever they examine patients. And we’re also carrying out regular coronavirus tests for any staff members who look after our most vulnerable patients, even if they don’t have any symptoms.

Watch Professor Somervaille’s video below and find out how we’re making things as safe and secure as possible for patients visiting The Christie.