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Campus A-Z

 

Updated: 29 January 2021

Introduction

We have developed a A-Z guide for students and staff which includes essential information on areas such as moving around buildings, cafes and restaurants, teaching spaces, meeting rooms and libraries.

It has been developed in line with UK Government advice and is designed to protect the health of our community.

This guide will be kept updated to reflect the latest advice.


General advice

A National Lockdown is in place across England. Find out what these new restrictions mean for you and the measures King’s has put in place.

We all have a responsibility to protect each other, please follow the guidance and signage on our campuses. Check the information regularly on our webpages and if there is anything you are not sure of, speak to your manager.

  • Whenever possible you should continue to work remotely.
  • Take care of personal hygiene. Wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Coughs and sneezes should be covered by your elbow or with a tissue and disposed of immediately. Then wash your hands.
  • If you feel unwell you should stay at home or return home immediately if you are on campus and inform your manager.
  • If you experience symptoms, you must self-isolate, complete the self-reporting form and inform your manager.
  • Maintain safe distancing between yourself and others wherever you can.

See also: Coronavirus Contact Tracing Privacy Notice


Being at work

Whenever possible staff, in agreement with their line manager, should work from home. Where students and staff need to be on campus restrictions will be in place to maintain the maximum number of people in a building at any one time. Safe distancing and hygiene measures will be in place to protect everyone coming on to our campuses. 

Staff may find they are working with a limited number of colleagues, this is to minimise the number of people they come into contact with on campus. Where it is not possible to have a staff rota, desks that can be used will be clearly marked to maintain the appropriate safe distancing. 

In general, equipment should not be shared but anything that is shared must be cleaned by the individual before and after use.

Safe distancing measures will be in place in all our buildings including labs, offices, teaching and study spaces, common areas and residences. This will be monitored to ensure everyone is following the guidance.

After completing work you should disinfect all surfaces including desks, light switches, handles, keyboards and shared equipment.


 

Building Access

Staff need to follow the process below to get access to campus, and if they need to access a particular office to get pick up resources this can be arranged.

However if the wider building is closed staff will not be able to stay and work at their usual location, this is to ensure we are able to maintain a safe campus for emergency procedures including fire and first aid. Where this is the case an alternative location will be identified.

  1. Contact yor line manager for approval to come to campus and update personal risk assessment
  2. Line manager emails dutymanager@kcl.ac.uk with approval where appropriate
  3. individual presents at campus reception (e.g. Bush House SE Wing for all visitors to the Strand) and signs in.
  4. If access to a specific office location is required to pick up resources, explain to security who will arrange. There may be a delay if a staff member needs to open the building for access. 

 

Building Opening Hours

Our buildings will be open from Monday to Friday 8.00 to 20.00 (7.00 to 20.00 in embedded spaces to avoid peak patient times).

There will be limited access from 8.00 to 18.00 at weekends for those with the appropriate weekend access permissions.  

Campus

Building

Current Status

Denmark Hill

Academic Neuroscience Centre

Open

Denmark Hill

Addiction Sciences Building (4 Windsor Walk)

Partially closed – Pre-arranged access for collection

Denmark Hill

Arthur Levin Building

Open

Denmark Hill

Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences

Open

Denmark Hill

Cheyne Building

Open

Denmark Hill

Child Psychiatry

Closed – Pre-arranged access for collection

Denmark Hill

Cicely Saunders Institute

Open

Denmark Hill

Clinical Research Facility

Open

Denmark Hill

David Goldberg Building

Closed – Pre-arranged access for collection

Denmark Hill

103 Denmark Hill

Partially closed – Pre-arranged access for collection

Denmark Hill

Faraday Building

Open

Denmark Hill

Henry Welcome Building

Partially closed – Pre-arranged access for collection

Denmark Hill

Institute of Hepatology

Open

Denmark Hill

IoPPN Main

Partially closed – Pre-arranged access for collection

Denmark Hill

James Black Centre

Open

Denmark Hill

Maurice Wohl Building

Open

Denmark Hill

Rayne Institute

Open

Denmark Hill

Social Genetic & Development Psychiatry (SGDP) Building

Open

Denmark Hill

Weston Education Centre

Open

Denmark Hill

1 Windsor Walk

Partially closed – Pre-arranged access for collection

Guy's

Addison House

Partially closed – Pre-arranged access for collection

Guy’s

Bermondsey & Southwark Wing

Open

Guy’s

Borough Wing

Open

Guy’s

Britannia House

 TBC

Guy’s

Cancer Treatment Centre

Open

Guy’s

Greenwood Theatre

Closed

Guy's

Henrietta Raphel House

Open

Guy’s

Hodgkin Building

Open

Guy's

Lavington Street

 Open for hot desking

Guy’s

New Hunts House

Open

Guy's

Old Guy’s House (Science Gallery, KCLSU West & East Wing, Chapel)

Science Gallery open for takeaways
Chapel is open
KCLSU West Wing is open

Guy’s

Shepherd’s House

Open

Guy’s

Tower Wing

Open

Guy’s

Wolfson Card

Open

St Thomas'

Beckett House

Open

St Thomas’

Lambeth Wing

Open

St Thomas’

North Wing

Open

St Thomas’

South Wing

Open

St Thomas'

Prideaux Building

Open

Strand

Bush House – Centre Block

Closed

Strand

Bush House – North East Wing

Closed

Strand

Bush House – North West Wing

Open – Gym is closed

Strand

Bush House – South East Wing

Open for student informal learning

Strand

Bush House - Melbourne House

Open – KCL space is closed

Strand

King’s Building

Specific areas open for research and departmental informal learning

Strand

Maughan Library

Closed – Open for book collection

Strand

Somerset House East Wing

Closed

Strand

South East Block

Closed

Strand

South West Block

Specific areas open for research and departmental informal learning

Strand

Strand Building

Specific areas open for research

Strand

Surrey Street - Chesham Building

Closed

Strand

Surrey Street - East Wing

Closed

Strand

Surrey Street - Macadam Building

Specific areas open for research and departmental informal learning

Strand

Surrey Street - Norfolk

Specific areas open for research

Strand

Surrey Street - North Wing

Closed

Strand

Surrey Street - Old Watch House

Closed

Strand

Surrey Street - Philosophy

Closed

Strand

Virginia Woolf Building

Closed

Waterloo

Franklin Wilkins Buildings

Open

Waterloo

James Clerk Maxwell Building

Closed

Waterloo

Waterloo Bridge Wing

Partially closed – Pre-arranged access for collection

 


 

 

Cafes and Restaurants

Our cafes and restaurants are currently open for takeaway only. You can also use our Order Ahead app at New Hunt's House and Franklin Wilkins cafes.

Our cafes and restaurants will be using the NHS COVID-19 app for track and trace.

All outlets will have plant-based options on the menu.

 

Campus

Restaurant/Cafe

Opening hours

Bush House

Arcade

Closed

Bush House 

The Courtyard Van

Closed

Bush House

 

King’s Kitchen
self-service coffee & pastries available in the morning

Closed

Denmark Hill

IoPPN Café
Hot and cold grab and go

Closed

Denmark Hill

IoPPN restaurant

Closed

Denmark Hill

WEC Restaurant

8.30 – 15.00

Denmark Hill

Wohl Cafe

Closed

Guy’s (Science Gallery building)

Courtyard Cafe

8.30 – 16.00

Guys

Taco Truck (NEW)

Closed

Guy’s 

NHH Keats Cafe

8.00-16.00

Guy’s

Henri’s restaurant

also serving home-made sandwiches, salads and beverages

Closed

Strand

 

Chapters

Closed

Strand Maughan Library

Rolls Cafe

Closed

Waterloo

 

FWB Bytes Café

8.00-16.00

Waterloo

FWB Bytes Restaurant

Closed

 


Campus Ambassadors

Staff and students will see Campus Ambassadors across our sites, inside and outside our buildings, helping us all to navigate the changes put in place on campus to protect our health and wellbeing and that of others.

Although we each have a personal responsibility to look after our own health and that of others, Campus Ambassadors are on hand to help us to remember to observe safe-distancing, follow one-way systems and follow other King’s guidance on keeping well on campus. They also have an important role in helping King’s to understand how the new measures we’ve put in place are working and where we can make improvements.

Campus Ambassadors are on hand to answer your questions on site about accessing and using our buildings. They can also help and advise if you’ve observed unsafe behaviours (for example, if safe-distancing isn’t being observed) or overcrowding.


 

Cleaning

Our cleaning regime includes regular cleaning of general circulation areas and lift buttons, handrails, door handles and door push plates.

Hand sanitiser stations are available at entrances to our buildings, libraries, student computing rooms, cafes and restaurants.

Disinfectant wipes will be provided for you to clean kitchen surfaces, desks and study areas after use.

Staff and students are expected to follow the guidance to maintain hygiene and prevent transmission of virus


 

Common areas/Student spaces

Safe distancing will be in place in all common areas and student spaces across the university.


Computer rooms

Students must book in advance to use a Student Computer Room. We ask that students only book a slot in a computer room on days when they are already coming to campus for timetabled face-to-face teaching, and only for essential study that cannot be completed off site.

Bookings are available in two slots: 9.00- 12.00 and 13.00-16.00, Monday- Friday. Students can book one session per day, and a total of two per week.

Information on study space and computer rooms and how to book them are available on Student Services Online.

Students are asked to clean the desk, chair and computer after use, using the sanitising wipes provided in the room.


 

Entering and leaving buildings

Where possible there will be one-way routes in and out of our buildings. These will be clearly marked. Where it is safe to, doors will be left open to reduce the need for people to touch the door and door handles and to increase ventilation.

Fire doors will be kept closed in line with emergency protocols.


 

Equality Impact Analysis

Please contact the EDI team for support to ensure local plans have been assessed for impacts to the community and that an appropriate approach is being taken.


 External teaching venues

Not currently in use during the National Lockdown.

Where possible, we will deliver as much small group teaching as we can, including clinical and lab-based sessions, on King’s campuses. To ensure we can meet two-metre safe distancing guidance, we must limit the number of people inside our buildings at any one time. As a result, we have increased the number of teaching venues to accommodate the safely distanced, smaller group teaching that we are offering this academic year.

See Student Services Online for full details of the external venues we are using for timetabled teaching.


 

Face coverings/masks/PPE

We expect students and staff to wear a face covering inside our buildings unless exempt.

In offices - face coverings are to be worn in offices unless you are exempt or are on your own in the office. We know this will feel a bit uncomfortable but it is important to protect those around you as well as maintaining a safe distance and regularly washing your hands or using a hand sanitiser.

A face covering is any type of fabric or material that you can use to cover your mouth and nose, a face mask, typically, is professionally manufactured such as the ones used in healthcare.

If you work in an environment where PPE is deemed necessary through a risk assessment (largely in clinical or some lab settings), you should use the PPE in that environment but switch to using a face-covering when you remove your PPE and are inside a King’s building.

Alternative types of face coverings, such as visors/face shields, will be provided by King’s where face coverings are not a viable option such as in a teaching environment where there is 2m+ safe distancing or for roles that require constant face to face communication.

Staff who work in embedded spaces in NHS Trusts’ buildings must wear a face covering and be prepared to where a surgical face mask in public areas if they are asked to, these will be provided at the entrances.

Inclusive campus badges – some people may be exempt from wearing a face covering or from some of the other measures in place. If you would like to let others know without explanation, the following badges are available for you to pick up from campus receptions, libraries and residences.

  • Exempt from face coverings
  • I sign BSL
  • I’m a lip-reader
  • Priority lift access

 

Faculty hubs

Students are asked to try to resolve their queries by contacting their faculty/department online in the first instance. Please only access the physical faculty hubs on campus on those days when you are already coming to campus for timetabled teaching or for other pre-booked activities or services.


First-Aid and Fire safety

The names of First Aiders and Evacuation Marshals will be clearly displayed at the main entrance to each building. Security can be contacted if a first aider is needed.

In the event of an evacuation, you should leave the building using the nearest safe exit point regardless of the COVID-19 directional signs and follow the direction of fire marshals. Exiting the building quickly and safely takes priority over safe distancing. Once outside you should move away from the buildings as quickly as possible.

New evacuation procedures are displayed in all buildings. 


 

Fittings and Furniture

To ensure safe distancing can be maintained in classrooms, common areas and offices, some furniture may be removed. Any areas and furniture not in use will be clearly marked.


Gyms

Due to the National Lockdown King's gyms are currently closed. Please see the King's Sport website for online activities.


HyFlex teaching rooms

There are 34 classrooms fitted with HyFlex technology across the Strand, Waterloo, Guy’s and Denmark Hill campuses. There is a large mobile screen with high-quality camera, microphone and sound bar in each room, allowing some students to be taught online and some face-to-face, simultaneously.

HyFlex will be used for modules across Arts & Humanities; Dickson Poon School of Law; King’s Foundations; Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience; the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy.

More information for students can be found on Student Services Online and on KEATS

Full guidance and support for academic staff on how to use HyFlex can be found on KEATS


 

Hygiene

Washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water is the best way to stop the spread.

You should avoid touching your face.

Coughs and sneezes should be covered with a tissue or your elbow. Tissues should be disposed of immediately, followed by washing your hands.

Hygiene products such as wipes/disinfectant, hand sanitisers and floor tape to mark safe distancing and any relevant signage will be provided by the Estates & Facilities team.


 

Inclusive campus badges

Some people may be exempt from wearing a face covering or from some of the other measures in place. If you would like to let others know without explanation, the following badges are available for you to pick up from campus receptions, libraries and residences.

  • Exempt from face coverings
    This might be because of a physical or mental illness, impairment, or disability. You should not ask for the reason why the wearer is exempt.
  • Priority lift access
    Please let someone wearing this badge into the lift before you. Some disabilities are invisible; we cannot assume someone’s ability to use the stairs based on their appearance.
  • I sign BSL
    Someone wearing this badge can communicate with you through British Sign Language. They may also be unable to hear you, especially if you are wearing a face covering.
  • I’m a lip-reader
    Someone who is wearing this badge may not be able to understand you if you are wearing a face covering. Take a look at these tips for communicating with a face covering.

To collect a badge, all you need to do is go to campus and ask for one. You do not need to provide any paperwork or evidence, just ask.

Denmark Hill Campus

View the AccessAble Campus Guide for Denmark Hill Campus

  • Weston Education Centre reception
  • Weston Education Centre library
  • IoPPN Main Building reception
  • IoPPN Main Building KCLSU helpdesk
  • IoPPN Library

Guy’s Campus

View the AccessAble Campus Guide for Guy’s Campus

  • New Hunt’s House reception
  • Hodgkin Building reception
  • Guy’s Campus KCLSU helpdesk
  • Wolfson House reception

St Thomas’ Campus

View the AccessAble Campus Guide for St Thomas’ Campus

  • St Thomas’ House library

Strand Campus

View the AccessAble Campus Guide for Strand Campus

  • Bush House – South East, North and North East receptions
  • Bush House KCLSU helpdesk
  • Strand Building reception
  • Virginia Woolf reception
  • Maughan Library reception

Waterloo Campus

View the AccessAble Campus Guide for Waterloo Campus

  • Franklin-Wilkins Building reception
  • Franklin-Wilkins Library
  • James Clerk Maxwell Building reception
  • Stamford Street Apartments reception

Who are the badges for?

The badges have been designed for members of the King’s community. This includes all staff, students and visitors.

Do I need to prove that I need the badge?

No, you do not need to provide any evidence or paperwork to have any of these badges.

Where can I get a badge from?

You can collect any of the badges from a King’s main building reception, KCLSU helpdesk or from a Campus Ambassador.

How many badges can I have?

You can have one of each of the badges if you need them.

Can I remove my face covering to speak to a lip reader?

Yes, you can remove your face covering to speak to someone who relies on lip-reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate. When removing a face covering, stand back to 2m+ to do so.

Why are some people exempt from wearing a face covering?

There are some circumstances where people may not be able to wear a face covering. Please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances, noting that some people are less able to wear face coverings, and that the reasons for this may not be visible to others. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • where putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
  • if you are speaking to, or providing assistance to, someone who relies on lip-reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate

More information about face coverings and exemptions can be found on the UK Government website.

I have a disability, where can I get more support?

If you are a student, you can contact the Disability Support Team, or visit the King’s Disability Support webpages.

If you are a member of staff, visit the HR Disability Guidance webpages.

Staff and Postgraduate students are invited to join Access King’s, the staff disability inclusion network.


 KCLSU spaces

The Union Shop is open online.

Information on study spaces is avaiable here.

Please check the KCLSU website for the latest guidance to clubs and societies.


Kitchens

As kitchens vary in size, signs will be in place to say how many people can be in the kitchen at any one time and if you should queue or come back at a later time.

Everyone should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water before handling any equipment in the kitchen.

You should use your own cutlery and crockery and take them home to be washed. Dirty crockery and cutlery must not be left in the kitchen, communal areas or on desks.

Fabric cloths will be replaced with paper towels that can be disposed of in the bins provided.


 

Laboratories

Resuming research means operating at a significantly lower capacity than we are used to and getting used to doing things differently. We’ve carried out risk assessments and robust planning of space usage such as rota systems and booking shared spaces and research activity such as condensing data collection so it can be done quicker.

Guidance for planning to use laboratory space is available in Safe@Kings, Appendix One.

See also Teaching Laboratories


Libraries & Collections

Under the latest government guidance for the national lockdown period, some of the libraries and study spaces will remain open for those students who have compelling reasons to come to campus, such as an inadequate study environment at home or for mental health reasons. In these circumstances you will continue to be able book a library study space or use an informal learning space on campus or one of KCLSU’s informal study spaces.

Visit the Libraries & Collections Coronavirus update page for more information.


 

Lifts and stairs

The use of lifts will be restricted and priority must be given to those who cannot use the stairs and for the transport of heavy goods and materials. Signage will show the numbers that can use the lift at any one time.

Signage will show if stairs are ‘up’ or ‘down’ only, or ‘Keep Left’ or ‘Keep Right’.

See also moving around and within buildings


Meeting rooms

Meetings should continue to be held online wherever possible.

Our large meeting rooms will remain closed for the time being and should not be used as primary office space as they have not been included as part of the building capacity calculations.


 

Moving around and within buildings

Signage will indicate the circulation routes within the buildings with one-way routes where possible. This is to help manage movement and distancing.

Entrances and exits will be clearly marked with directional signage to help people navigate their way in and out of the buildings.

The use of lifts will be restricted with priority given to those who cannot use the stairs and for the transport of heavy goods and materials. Signage will show the numbers that can use the lift at any one time.

Signage will show if stairs are ‘up’ or ‘down’ only, or ‘Keep Left’ or ‘Keep Right’.


 

Numbers in buildings/Capacity


When on campus teaching can resume, in classrooms, teaching spaces, common space and circulatory routes we will have 2m safe distancing in place, at least for the first term. This means there is a limit to the number of people we can have in the building at any one time. In some laboratories and offices the 1m+ distancing will be in place where additional mitigations to protect students and staff can be put in place.

Some furniture may be removed to ensure safe distancing and signage put in place to show the number of people that can be in the area or if an area is not available to use. See Fittings and Furniture.

Any changes to capacity will require a risk assessment to be completed to request an increase in capacity. Information on risk assessments is available on the Health & Safety sharepoint site.


 

Office working

When the National lockdown restrictions are lifted and Government guidenance permits more staff to return to campus staff may be asked to work as part of a ‘bubble’ with the same but limited number of colleagues. This is to minimise the number of people you come into contact with on campus, to prevent the spread of the virus and make it easier to trace people you may have come into contact with. 

Where possible you should use your usual desk. To maintain safe distancing, desks around you will not be in use.

Where it is not possible to have a bubble or staff rota, desks that can be used will be clearly marked to maintain the appropriate safe distancing.

After completing work you should disinfect all surfaces including your desk, light switches, handles, keyboards and shared equipment.

We expect you to wear a face covering when you are in the office unless you are exempt or on your own in the office. We know this will feel a bit uncomfortable but it is important to protect those around you as well as maintaining a safe distance and regularly washing your hands or using a hand sanitiser.


 

PPE

Clinical grade PPE is not required to be worn on campus but may be required in clinical settings for practice and clinical demonstration sessions; advice will be provided by programme teams.

If you work in an environment where PPE is deemed necessary through a risk assessment (largely in clinical or some lab settings), you should use the PPE in that environment but switch to using a face-covering when you remove your PPE and are inside a King’s building.

We do expect you to wear a face covering inside our buildings unless you are exempt.

See also face coverings, safe distancing.


Prayer Rooms/The Chaplaincy

Due to the National Lockdown our prayer rooms are currently closed.


 

Printers and other shared office equipment

Printers and wipeboards should only be used if necessary. You should wash your hands before and after use.

You should clean any shared office equipment with a disinfectant wipe before and after use.


 

Reception desks/areas

Reception desks have been fitted with protective screens and hand sanitisers are available in all reception areas. Safe distancing measures and queuing systems will be in place.

Receptions will be manned during building opening hours.


 

Safe distancing

Safe distancing measure are in place in all areas of the campus and must be followed by students and staff. Most of our buildings will have 2m safe distancing in place for at least the first time. In some laboratories and offices, the 1m+ safe distancing will be in place providing the appropriate mitigations to all for 1m are in place.

See also masks, PPE, movement around buildings, laboratories, teaching laboratories, teaching space


 

Showers

Showers in our buildings are available for you to use.To maintain safe distancing, access to the shower facility is one person at a time.

The changing rooms in gyms are not currently in use.


 

Study Spaces 

Details of study spaces in libraries, student computer rooms and across our campuses are available on Student Services Online, along with how to book these in advance where applicable. 

These spaces should only be used by students on the days when you are already coming to campus for timetabled teaching or pre-booked activities (for example through KCLSU or Student Services).  


Teaching Laboratories

Teaching laboratories will have 2m safe distancing in place, with the exception of clinical teaching laboratories and labs approved to use 1m+ safe distance by a Return to Campus sub-group.

Virtual lab software is being purchased to support the delivery of lab teaching remotely. Vice Deans (Education) can be contacted for more information.

See also Laboratories


 

Teaching Space

Classes will be timetabled into appropriate spaces based on the 2m safe distancing capacity limits. There will be a 30 minute gap between classes to allow time for students and staff to move between sessions and avoid crowding in high traffic areas such as classroom doors and corridors.

Students and staff are expected to use the disinfectant wipes provided to clean their desk/chair on arrival and before leaving the classroom. 

Furniture in teaching spaces must not be moved, and no food or drink is allowed. 


 

Testing for COVID-19

We do expect students and staff who do not have coronavirus symptoms (asymptomatic) to take part in regular testing, ideally twice a week) if you are coming to campus. You can register to take part in our KCL TEST – COVID-19 Study, which is a simple to take PCR saliva test.

If you test positive for COVID-19 the Government advice is that you must self-isolate for 10 days in order to protect others. Please complete the King’s self-isolation form, so we can provide you with support during your self-isolation period.

Students going on a clinical placement should speak to their placement lead to confirm which type of test is acceptable to the placement provider. If a Lateral Flow test is required, free tests can be booked via our Lateral Flow Test webpage.

 


 

Toilets

The intention is for one person to be in the toilet space at one time, unless the space is big enough to allow for safe distancing. Signage will show how many people can be in the toilet facilities at any one time.

Everyone who uses the toilet facilities must wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving the facility.


 

Travelling between sites

Where possible you should walk or cycle. If you do need to use public transport you must wear a face covering.

You should wash your hands or use a hand sanitiser when you enter any of our buildings.


 

Travelling to and from work

Staff should work from home where possible. Due to the National Lockdown access to our buildings is limited.

Start times are being staggered as much as we can to avoid peak travel times. Where possible you should walk or cycle. If you do need to use public transport you must wear a face covering and should avoid travelling at peak times where possible. Please speak to your manager about altering your working hours to support this.

Where possible we will make more bike racks available.

You should wash your hands or use a hand sanitiser when you enter our buildings and your home.

More information on travelling to and from our campuses is available on the webpages. 


 

Vaccinations

The national vaccination scheme is designed to protect the most vulnerable people and most of our community can expect to be offered vaccination as part of this prioritised national approach throughout the coming months. More information is available here.

Our partners at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust and our other Trust partners, King’s College Hospital and South London and the Maudsley Trust have also been vaccinating frontline staff for some time. In line with NHS and Trust guidance, clinical staff and students who are directly dealing with patients in hospitals or healthcare settings are a priority and can continue to access the vaccine as part of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ programme. In addition, the Trust also recognises the potential risk of infection posed by some non-clinical staff and students working on all our hospital campuses who by exception may come into regular contact with patients and healthcare workers for work or study purposes in a hospital or healthcare setting. In line with the Trust’s drive to mitigate the risk of infection in hospital and healthcare settings we are supportive of this current offer. If you are unsure whether this applies to you, please contact your Head of School or line manager who should liaise with the Executive Dean or Head of Directorate.

As always, if you are working on campus, please do continue to follow the robust measures in place to protect our community. Respecting safe distancing, wearing a face covering unless exempt and regular hand washing are the best ways to help reduce transmission of the virus.


 

Windows and doors/Ventilation

Where possible, windows and doors should be opened frequently to encourage ventilation. Windows will have signs on them to encourage them to be opened. Laboratory windows should be kept closed.

Doors to offices, with the exception of fire doors, can be propped open.

Estates & Facilities has developed a consistent risk assessment approach to support the re-opening of buildings. As part of this risk assessment, ventilation in each building is considered independently, with general ventilation being assessed in order that “sufficient air handling must be maintained so as to ensure safety of personnel in occupied areas”. 

This sufficient air handling is achieved in our buildings in several ways, through both mechanical and natural ventilation.  Where mechanical fresh air is provided it is generally well in excess of regulatory requirements.  Prior to COVID however, where practicable we have adjusted air intake systems to reduce the air that is recirculated and are increasing fresh air provision. Lower student and staff numbers on campus naturally reduce the demand on air systems.

We are adjusting where possible building fresh air flow rates, to increase both supply and extract rate. In addition, we are adjusting operating times to seek to purge buildings at the start and end of the day.

Where possible windows should be kept open to provide natural ventilation. Our estates team will be increasing the heat to some buildings to allow for this but there may be times when you find some spaces cooler than normal.

In larger shared spaces where fan coils or fans have previously been used throughout the day, these will be run at low speed out of hours, or for a minimum of one hour before students and staff arrive.

We are continuing to utilise CO2 monitoring linked to our Building Management System in lecture theatres, restaurants and other similar locations.

In assuring a building for reoccupation post COVID-19 we have considered guidance that has been published across the world. Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) is the UK member of REHVA, the European Federation of Heating and Ventilation Engineers. REHVA has developed a COVID-19 guidance which collectively we believe is the best advice available.

Building Opening Hours