What is Nightingale Hospital doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?
The evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to create challenges for us all.
At Nightingale Hospital, our primary aim is to ensure that all patients and staff remain safe, healthy and protected.
Actions we are taking include:
- We have formed a dedicated COVID-19 response committee. This committee, chaired by our Managing Director Akthar Hussain, meets daily to monitor all government updates surrounding COVID-19. Daily actions are taken following the advice of Public Health England and the NHS
- The committee ensures that the hospital strictly complies with the guidance
- All new patients are required to complete a strict health screening questionnaire before they enter the hospital. All are asked to have been COVID-19 symptom-free for a seven day period prior to accessing any hospital services.
- We have suspended all visiting of inpatients. The rationale behind this new policy is to reduce the number of people coming in and out of the hospital to protect all patients and hospital staff. We understand this decision may be distressing to some patients and their loved ones. We are encouraging patients if possible, to remain in contact with family and friends remotely, via the use of FaceTime/WhatsApp etc
- If a patient starts displaying COVID-19 symptoms, we are able to isolate and support them. We have closed off wards dedicated to this function. Any patients who require isolation will be nursed, in accordance with stringent infection and control techniques as outlined in national guidelines. Local NHS emergency services will be involved. In such instances, patients will be kept as comfortable as possible, and treated with upmost dignity and care.
- We are regularly updating our patients and staff to assure they are aware of all necessary actions that we are implementing to protect them from potential exposure to the the virus
- We are regularly updating our social media channels to share useful content that will inform and re-assure the public throughout this unsettling time. This includes advice from some of our Nightingale Hospital experts, some of the most trusted names in psychiatry in the UK
- We quickly adapted to the COVID-19 crisis and now offer numerous ways in which patients can access expert support remotely. This includes video consultations with consultant psychiatrists, and one-to-one and group sessions with therapists utilising platforms such as Zoom and Skype. As inpatient psychiatric treatment is at times essential, the hospital continues to admit patients, whilst adhering to strict health and safety policies.
Here is a message from Managing Director of Nightingale Hospital, Akthar Hussain.
What services are Nightingale Hospital offering throughout this time?
We are all witnessing the international attempts to limit the spread of COVID-19. The measures which numerous governments have put in place regarding social-distancing and self-isolation are essential in order to combat the spread of the virus.
Although these isolation measures are designed to protect the population, we also realise that these may potentially have significant impacts on peoples’ mental health.
The current uncertainties are profoundly anxiety-provoking for many. Those with pre-existing mental health conditions (such as general mental health issues, addiction or eating disorders) might find themselves increasingly vulnerable and need immediate support. In addition, it is highly likely that there will be people who have never before accessed professional support for mental health, but who now feel they need to.
At Nightingale Hospital we’re committed to offering people numerous ways in which they can access expert support remotely. This includes remote consultations with our consultant psychiatrists, therapists and counsellors.
Services we continue to provide include:
- Inpatient treatment for mental health (including anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder), addictions (substance, alcohol and other addictive behaviours) and eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and EDNOS)
- We are still able to accept GP/Health professional referrals. If you are a GP/Health professional wishing to make a referral, you can do so using our easy-to-use online form HERE
- Consultant psychiatry consultations via online video-based platforms
- 1:1 therapy consultations via online video platforms
- We are still operating our free telephone consultation service for eating disorders and addictions to determine if inpatient treatment is suitable for you or a loved one
To enquire about any of our services, please contact our Patient Services Department on +44 (0)20 7535 7700 or by lodging an online enquiry here.
Helpful resources and services throughout this time
We urge people to make use of online services and resources throughout this unsettling time. In a time where fellowship meetings have been largely cancelled following advice from the government, we strongly recommend that the following resources are utilised. It’s crucial that those suffering with mental health difficulties do all they can to avoid isolation. Staying connected is vital, as we know that silently struggling whilst in isolation can drastically affect people’s ability to cope.
We recommend the following services for people struggling from a variety of mental health issues:
The UK’s number one charity for eating disorders, Beat, have compiled useful guidance for those struggling with an eating disorder during this time. They have also created an online forum, called ‘The Sanctuary’, “created specifically in response to the Coronavirus & subsequent social distancing & anxieties this could lead to for people with an eating disorder.”
General mental health support:
There are a number of websites online with useful material on how to navigate these uncertain times. There are also a number of confidential helplines to contact during this time.
- The Mental Health Foundation
- Samaritans – 24/7 helpline
- The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – helpline available from 5:00pm-midnight each evening
- Rethink Mental Illness – Mental health support for individuals and carers
- Headspace – Guided meditation
- Calm App – The #1 app on the appstore for mindfulness and sleep
How to receive regular updates from Nightingale Hospital
Please follow Nightingale Hospital’s social media platforms, as these will be regularly updated with important communication regarding our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.