Staff COVID updates

Changes to isolation rules (updated 23/12/21)

Following the latest changes to national guidance on 22nd December 21 the Trust’s Assessment Checklist for Healthcare Workers Returning to Work has been updated.

Key updates are:

  • changes to ending self-isolation in line with national guidance possibly after 7 days (see below)
  • the distinction for Omicron variant is now redundant
  • local nominated managers can authorise return to work in most cases
  • minimising contact rather than the previous no contact with CEV patients

Ending the self-isolation period early

Staff can end their self-isolation period before the end of the previous 10 full days by undertaking lateral flow (LFD tests on the sixth day and seventh day of their isolation period (24 hours apart).

If both these LFD test results are negative, they may return to work on day 8 under the following conditions:

  • The staff member should not have any COVID-19 symptoms, especially a high temperature (other than a cough that is not getting worse and/or loss of sense of smell or taste as both these can last a number of weeks but you may not be infectious)
  • The staff member must continue to undertake daily LFD tests (before coming on site) on days 8, 9 and 10. If any of these LFD test results are positive the staff member should isolate and should wait 24 hours before taking the next LFD test. Note that if the LFD test is positive on the 10th day, daily LFD testing should continue and the staff member should not return to work until a negative LFD test result is obtained
  • The staff member must continue to comply with all relevant infection control precautions and PPE must be worn properly throughout the day
  • The staff member must minimise (not avoid) contact with clinically extremely vulnerable patients and colleagues until day 11
  • The staff member should not return to working directly with haemopoetic stem cell transplantation patients until they have been asymptomatic for one week and have a negative PCR test result.

You can view the full assessment here (links to BWC Intranet)