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RHC pre-operative testing September 2022

What's New

20/09/2022 New Covid-19 advice will come into effect in Sept / Oct 2022. Immunocompromised patients may still require testing.

RHC Operating Theatres COVID-19 Testing Pathway

Symptoms of COVID-19 Infection

Unexplained, new symptoms of:

  • Continuous cough
  • Fever
  • Loss of or change in normal sense of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat, stuffy or runny nose

Infection Control must be informed of all positive lateral flow tests (LFD)

For Immuno-Compromised Patients

Including those patients with

  • Primary immunodeficiency
  • Immuno-suppressive medication

If patients in this group are asymptomatic but tested positive for COVID-19 infection in the last 12 weeks a lateral flow test (LFD) should be performed prior to operation.

Editorial Information

Last reviewed: 20 September 2022

Next review: 20 September 2023