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Our hospitals continue to look and feel different because of the precautions we’ve taken to protect staff and patients. Our staff are working hard to ensure that all patients who need urgent care are able to access it, not just those with Covid-19.

Our aim at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust is for all patients, carers, and families to feel safe, cared for and listened to, especially during this challenging time. You have been given this information as you have a procedure planned and we ask you to read the following carefully.

Before you attend your planned procedure/surgery

Before your procedure/surgery takes place, our Bookings team will contact you to confirm the date and time of your procedure/surgery. Where appropriate, you will be given a pre-assessment appointment; this may take place over the phone or in person.

The best way to prepare for your surgery is to stay as fit and healthy as possible. This means following the advice given to you by your clinical team.

Covid-19 testing prior to your procedure/ surgery

Prior to your procedure/ surgery, you need to complete two Covid-19 Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Tests. One 72 hours (3 days) prior to the date of your surgery/procedure, then a second test on the morning of your surgery/procedure. Both tests are to be carried out by you in your home, and we ask you to limit contact with others between the first and second test. 

Obtaining your LFD test Kits

To obtain your free LFD test kits, you can order them from the Government website where you will be asked to confirm that you have a planned upcoming admission. The LFD testing kits will be delivered to your home address.

Reporting your LFD test result

You need to report the result of your two LFD tests on the Government reporting portal. This will in turn send you a confirmatory text message and email with your reported test result. Please keep this safe as you will be required to show this as evidence of your test results when you arrive for your surgery/procedure.

What to do if your LFD test results are negative

A negative test result means you will be able to continue with the procedure as planned. You should attend the hospital on the planned date and time for your procedure/ surgery with evidence of your LFD test results which you would have received following the reporting of your test results on the Government reporting portal.

What to do if your LFD test results are positive

A positive test result will mean you will not be able to attend for your procedure / surgery as planned and you should follow the Government’s advice available on www.gov.uk.

You must contact your clinical team to inform them you have tested positive for Covid-19 at the earliest opportunity. Their contact telephone number will be found in the letter you received from the Trust notifying you of your procedure/surgery. You will be contacted with a revised date and time to come in for your procedure/surgery. If you test positive for Covid-19 at the weekend, please leave a voicemail message with your name, date of procedure and contact telephone number and someone

will call you back as soon as possible on Monday morning following the weekend.

If you are booked for a planned caesarean section, please contact the labour ward to inform them of your positive result and they will make the appropriate arrangements for your admission.

Assistance with carrying out LFD tests and reporting the results

If you require assistance with completing your LFD tests and reporting your results, then please let the booking team know.

Contact with others prior to your procedure

We strongly recommend that you limit your contact with others to reduce the risk of exposure to Covid-19 between the time of your first LFD test at 72 hours prior and the date of your surgery/procedure. It is vital you take this step to protect yourself and other patients in the hospital. The risk of anaesthesia and surgery can be significant for anyone that acquires Covid-19 infection around the time of their operation and could delay recovery.

Travelling to and from our hospitals

When travelling to and from hospital for your procedure, you should continue to limit your contact with others. If you require someone from outside your household to take you to the hospital you should both wear a face covering when travelling.

Admission to hospital for your planned surgery/procedure

You will be admitted to an area of our hospital where we are not caring for patients who have, or we suspect might have, Covid-19. These patients are cared for in dedicated areas, so the right infection control measures are in place for them. To keep everyone as safe as we can, we do have visiting restrictions in place, please visit the Trust’s website www.fhft.nhs.uk for details on the latest visiting restrictions.

Your discharge from hospital

You will be discharged from hospital as soon as your clinical team have agreed that you are able to return home or to another place of care. It is our priority to ensure that you are discharged safely from hospital and to the most appropriate care setting.

Protecting yourself and others from COVID-19

Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds.
Use alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and then throw the tissue in the bin and wash your hands. Alternatively, cough or sneeze into your elbow.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick, sneezing or coughing