Ashford Coronavirus / Covid19 Information

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You can keep up to date with the latest information on Coronavirus on the government website or visit NHS UK for advice and information


17 May: Lockdown easing - What’s changed:

You should continue to work from home if you can. When travelling within the UK, you should aim to do so safely and plan your journey in advance.

You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings are limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
  • New guidance on meeting friends and family emphasises personal responsibility rather than government rules. Instead of instructing you to stay 2m apart from anyone you don’t live with, you are encouraged to exercise caution and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19 and actions you can take to help keep you and your loved ones safe. Remember that the risks of close contact may be greater for some people than others and in some settings and circumstances, there will be specific guidance that you will need to follow even when you are with friends and family.
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas are permitted to open with COVID-secure measures in place.
  • People can attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events. Attendance at these events is capped according to venue type, and attendees should follow the COVID-secure measures set out by those venues.
  • Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen.
  • Organised indoor sport can take place for all. This includes gym classes. It must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • All holiday accommodation can open, including hotels and B&Bs. This can be used by groups of up to 6 or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
  • Funeral attendance is no longer be limited to 30 people, but will be determined by how many people the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing. Limits at weddings, wakes and other commemorative events have been increased to 30 people. Other significant life events, such as bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings, will also be able to take place with 30 people.
  • The rules for care home residents visiting out and receiving visitors have changed, allowing up to five named visitors (two at any one time), provided visitors test negative for COVID-19.
  • All higher education students are able to access in-person teaching.
  • Support groups and parent and child group gathering limits have been increased to 30 people (not including under 5s)
  • There is no longer a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally. A traffic light system for international travel has been introduced, and you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country.

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Visiting the William Harvey Hospital


Visiting a patient on a ward: one visitor allowed for a maximum of one hour per day. The hour must be within visiting times of 2 - 4pm and 6 - 8pm. 

For the safety of patients and staff, visitors are asked to take part in the national lateral flow testing programme and have had a negative test before visiting.  Find out how to take a lateral flow test

Please do not visit if you have had a positive test or if you have symptoms or your household is isolating.  Visitors are being advised to contact the ward or department in advance to discuss appropriate arrangements. 

Outpatient Appointments

East Kent Hospitals are providing many appointments by telephone or video link.  Instead of your face to face appointment, a clinician will telephone you on the date of your appointment via your given telephone number between 9 am and 5 pm.

Please do not physically attend the hospital for an outpatient appointment unless you are called and asked to do so. 

Further details and guidance can be found on the website

British Red Cross Coronavirus Support Line

0808 196 3651 Free & Confidental 10am-6pm

If you are finding it hard to cope and need to talk, speak to a friendly volunteer today. If you’re staying at home and finding it hard to access food or medication, or you are feeling lonely or worried, or just want to chat - there is someone there to help you.  Call the free Coronavirus support line for: a chat to a friendly Red Cross volunteer, emotional support, links to local organisations, information and practical advice



The Samaritans are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call them for free on 116 123 or email

A safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way, about whatever’s getting to you.




Page last updated: Tue 18 May 2021 11:05

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