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Coronavirus staff guidance University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Inpatient testing protocol

Last updated: 12 October 2022 at 18:13

Criteria for inpatient testing

The current inpatient PCR testing programme includes:

  • All patients at emergency admission, whether or not they have symptoms
  • Those with symptoms of COVID-19 after admission
  • Those who test negative upon admission, further tests should be conducted on days three and five of their inpatient stay. Further routine asymptomatic screening will continue in areas with a high proportion of the most clinically extremely vulnerable patients, such as Haematology and Oncology
  • All patients within 48 hours of discharge to the following care settings (with the exception of those who have tested positive in the previous 90 days):
    • Social care setting
    • Hospices
    • Those who will go home with a package of care
  • Elective patient testing prior to admission (please see local policy for further details)

Sampling requirements

The Government has received advice from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) that it is safe to pause some COVID-19 testing requirements.

If there are any concerns, staff and patient testing will be increased on advice of the Infection Prevention and Control team.

IPC precautions

  • Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with Trust PPE guidance
  • Isolate/cohort patients appropriately according to clinical assessment and swab results as per standard processes
  • Encourage patient compliance with mask use wherever clinically appropriate
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