We have a system in place to ensure that everyone who is admitted to our inpatient services is tested to ensure that they do not have COVID-19 and cannot spread it to others on the ward. Please see details of this procedure below and also some FAQ about testing
Testing of inpatients:
1 What happens if a patient tests positive and has to isolate?
If a patient tests positive they must self-isolate for 14 days.
2 What if more than one patient tests positive? Do they all have to isolate, and how long for?
If several patients test positive then all patients on the ward must self-isolate for 14 days.
3 What happens if an inpatient shows symptoms of COVID-19?
A patient who displays symptoms is isolated and tested. If the result is positive they have to self-isolate for 14 days from the date the positive test was taken.
4 Are inpatients going to be vaccinated by the Trust?
We are currently not able to administer the vaccine at the Trust. We are currently offering vaccination appointments for patient-facing staff at vaccination clinics and await further guidance.
5 How often are patients being monitored for symptoms?
We are continuously monitoring all patients on our wards. This includes checking their mental and physical health. If anyone develops COVID-19 symptoms, they are immediately isolated and tested.
6 How are patients being helped to cope with isolation? Have staff been given training to help them with this?
Staff working in mental health services are trained to deal with a wide range of conditions and circumstances and are supporting patients through any periods of self-isolation. We understand that self-isolation is particularly difficult for those with mental health problems but this is an essential measure to ensure that all our service users and staff are kept as safe as possible. In order to make isolation a bit easier, our activity workers continue to provide activities; we have provided additional iPads to enable video calls and access to other online activities; and we have a system in place to give people short breaks outside in a COVID safe way.
C&I works with some of the finest researchers and virologists in the world in our partnership with UCLH. We have taken their advice alongside Government guidelines to draw up procedures, which we are constantly reviewing, to ensure that we keep our patients as safe as possible during the pandemic.