A briefing from our Executive Team on Tuesday 17th August 2021
You may already be aware that anyone in England who’s been fully vaccinated*, or is under the age of 18, no longer needs to self-isolate if they’re in contact with someone who’s tested positive for Covid-19. This is another step forward in the march back to some kind of normality, but please remember if you’re in these groups you’ll still need to take a PCR test if you’re contacted by Test and Trace and you must avoid those who’re highly vulnerable.
It goes without saying that our patients fall in to the highly vulnerable category so for staff in our hospices who’re identified as being in close contact with someone testing positive, you can come to work after…
- Taking a PCR test and receiving a negative result. You’ll be expected to come back to work as soon as possible after this.
- You’ll then be asked to test daily with a lateral flow test for up to 10 days. In this 10-day period we may ask you to work away from direct patient care to be on the safe side.
We’ll expect you to continue following all our standard precautions to minimise risk of infection, including wearing the correct PPE.
*Fully vaccinated means people who’ve had both doses of the vaccine and are 14 days clear from the second dose.
We’ll also be asking our visitors not to come in if they’ve been informed of contact with someone who’s tested positive. However, in exceptional cases where for instance, a patient is close to the end of their life, we will consider visits and this will be on an individual basis. We’ll also continue to ask all patient visitors to take regular tests and to provide evidence that they’ve done so before entering our hospices.
It’s certainly not too late to get vaccinated and you can find out more HERE and please remember that if you’re working away from our hospices and therefore using a Lateral Flow Test twice a week, you must report your results each time HERE.
If you have any questions about the current situation, vaccines or testing please don’t hesitate to contact your Line Manager. We know the advice changes on a regular basis and we’re here to help make sure you understand what’s going on and what we expect of you in your role.
Thank you as always for your support and continuing commitment. Times are still tough and especially with Cornwall so busy right now and we know this has presented its own set of issues. We’re pulling together and it’s credit to you all that we’re continuing to look after terminally ill patients 24/7, be proud of that!
Paul, Gina, Graham and Verity