Your COVID 19 Inpatient Information at RNOH Private Care
Our aim is to enable you to undergo surgery as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to providing safe care and the safety of patients and staff remains at the forefront of everything we do.
It is important to let you know that there is increased risk during the pandemic. The journey to and from hospital and time spent in hospital may increase the chance of contracting coronavirus.
Steps We Are Taking
We are doing everything possible to ensure that patients coming into hospital for planned care, and staff working in hospitals, will be safe as safe as possible by:
- following national guidance for infection prevention and ensuring staff are well trained in how to limit the spread of infection in hospitals
- arranging for all patients coming to hospital to be tested for coronavirus, and for those who have tested positive to be cared for in separate areas
- separate and physically distancing, as much as possible, the facilities where we care for urgent patients in whom we cannot exclude coronavirus, and those patients being treated for planned care.
- carrying out regular deep cleaning of wards, operating theatres and equipment
- ensuring staff use necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) where there is a significant risk of infection and that there are adequate stocks of PPE
- ensuring that the right levels of staffing and equipment are in place so that surgery can take place safely
- ensuring that all staff are routinely and regularly tested for COVID-19
Before going ahead with your treatment, you will be asked by your consultant to sign a consent form confirming that you have read this information, understood it and have had the opportunity to ask any further questions. You can also change your mind. Once you have read the information, if you are happy to proceed with your treatment, your consultant will ask you to sign the last page of the form.
Our priority is delivering your care as safely as possible. The risk of delaying urgent care can be significant. If you decide to delay your treatment, your consultant will discuss this with you, and will continue to monitor you.
Risk you need to consider
There is evidence there is increased risk of developing complications associated with surgery in patients who have coronavirus, but this is difficult to quantify as this is a new disease and there is little medical data on this new disease. Risks to consider:
- If you have, or are developing, Covid 19 when you come into hospital for your operation or if you catch Covid-19 in the hospital, then your recovery could be prolonged and there is a risk of developing serious illness. This could lead to a prolonged admission, re-admission to hospital, treatment in an intensive care unit or death.
- Your recovery from surgery could be slowed if you catch Covid-19 in the first few months after your operation and may require re-admission to hospital.
- The availability of post-operative therapy and rehabilitation may be more limited than previously.
- There is evidence that some risk factors, such as age, ethnicity, and other medical conditions may increase the risk to health from Covid-19. There is presently no single factor which we can point to, and the interaction between all of the risk factors is unclear. If you have particular concerns about your risk from covid-19 (or your procedure more generally) please discuss with your consultant.
What we are asking patients to do
In order to minimise the risk of you becoming infected with the coronavirus, and to ensure that we can protect our staff and other patients, we are asking all patients to follow these measures:
- You will be tested for coronavirus about 72 hours before your treatment/procedure/operation. We will confirm where this will take place and when you will be told your results.
- You must self-isolate for the period between your Covid-19 test and the date of your treatment/procedure/operation. This means not leaving your home for any reason, even to buy food or medicine. It is very important that you follow this step for your own health and the health of hospital staff and other patients.
- If it is felt to be in your best interests, you may have been asked by your consultant to self-isolate for 14 days prior to your admission date. If this is the case, please only leave your home to attend your COVID-19 test.
- You must let us know if you think you have symptoms including a high temperature, new continuous cough, or loss or change in your sense of smell or taste. You should also let us know if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus within 14 days of your treatment/procedure/operation. You must also let us know if you have been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace programme, or members of your family have been contacted or displayed symptoms.
- Your operation will not take place if you test positive for coronavirus unless it is very urgent or an emergency.
On the day or your treatment/procedure/operation
It is important that you do not use public transport to come to hospital for your treatment/ procedure/ operation. We recommend that you come in a private car, taxi or if you are eligible, you can use the hospital patient transport service - telephone: 0800 953 4138.
You will be asked a set of routine covid screening questions and have your temperature taken before entering the hospital.
After your treatment/procedure/operation
We have put steps in place to minimise risk to you following your treatment/procedure/operation:
You will be tested for coronavirus every week, if you need to stay in the hospital for a prolonged period after your treatment/procedure/operation.
You and all members of your household must self-isolate for 14 days after you are discharged.
If you are being discharged to a care home or hospice, we will test you for coronavirus up to 48 hours before you leave the hospital. If the result of the test is positive, the care home will make arrangements to prevent the virus spreading to other residents or staff, following national guidance.
If you need outpatient appointments following your treatment/procedure/operation, this may now take place over the telephone or via video consultation.
Patient enhanced consent
It is important that you understand that during the pandemic there is increased risk from your treatment/procedure/operation.
The journey to and from hospital and time spent in hospital may increase the chance of contracting coronavirus due to the increased number of contacts encountered. Steps have been put in place to keep contact to a minimum; however, there remains an increased risk of contracting coronavirus.
You should discuss this with your consultant and make sure that you understand what the risks might be for you.
Where to get more information if patients/carers are concerned, worried or have more questions
Call the phone number on the letter sent with the details and date of your treatment/ operation/ procedure. Leave a message and we will aim to reply within 24 hours.