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Update on the COVID-19 situation

21 October 2020

The trust would like to reassure the public that in line with National Guidance, it has plans in place to respond to a second wave of COVID-19.

In order to minimise the risk of COVID 19 transmission, we are following stringent national infection prevention and control guidelines which include full PPE where appropriate, compulsory wearing of face coverings for all staff, patients and visitors, handwashing, and social distancing.

We have reconfigured our estate to enable us to provide COVID-19 secure areas for elective procedures and other non-COVID-19 care. This means that all patients who are admitted for planned care are on a green pathway, meaning they have self-isolated or observed strict social distancing for 14 days prior to their operation.

72 hours prior to admission, patients are required to undergo a COVID-19 swab test. On the day of admission, patients are met by a member of staff for temperature checks and a screening questionnaire before being admitted.

All patients who test positive for COVID-19 on admission are taken to our designated ward where staff are required to wear enhanced personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of transmission.