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COVID-19

With COVID-19 in the community across the country we are conscious of balancing the safety, health and wellbeing of our patients, staff and doctors. This means we have some additional safety measures in place and that we are checking patients are free of the COVID-19 virus before surgery.

Your wellbeing is important to us. So making sure you are fit and healthy for your surgery is a priority. Current guidelines recommend that non-urgent surgery is delayed if you have COVID-19. That’s why we are checking that you do not have COVID-19 prior to and on the day of arrival. We also want to make sure that the risk of catching COVID-19 in our facilities is minimised.

Testing for COVID-19

All patients need to have a rapid antigen test on arrival prior to having surgery. Testing will be done in the car park at the front entrance to the hospital. The test requires a nasal swab and takes 15 minutes to process. You will be asked to wait in your car until the results are available.

  • If the results are negative you will proceed into the hospital for admission.
  • If the results are positive you will need to go home and self-isolate as per public health instructions. Your surgery will be re-booked for a later date.

You might find this video from Abbott ‘Panbio Rapid Antigen Test Procedure’ useful to watch. https://alere.wistia.com/medias/e54rns8l7n

Symptoms

Please do not come to our facilities if you feel unwell or have any of the following symptoms:

  • a new or worsening cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose, sneezing
  • muscle aches or fatigue
  • loss of sense of smell
  • a fever

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and are due to be admitted for surgery or have an appointment please ring Boulcott Hospital or Specialist Centre and seek advice before coming to our facilities.

Contacts

You should not enter our facilities if you have had close contact with someone with current, confirmed or probable COVID-19 OR you are waiting for a COVID-19 test result.

Please ring Boulcott Hospital or Specialist Centre and seek advice before arriving for an appointment or surgery.

Visitors

Because the wellbeing of patients and staff is a priority only one named support person may accompany a patient into our facilities.

Visitors should not enter our facilities if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 OR if you have been in contact with a suspected or positive case of COVID-19 OR if you are awaiting a test result.

Managing our environment

Where practical, maintain a 2 metre physical distance in shared areas.

Wear a medical mask in all public areas of the hospital.

Use the alcohol-based hand sanitiser provided, when entering and leaving the facilities and patient rooms.

Record your visit using the COVID-19 Tracer App. You will find the QR code displayed at the entrance to the hospital and Specialist Centre.