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Advice for patients attending hospital for surgery during the Coronavirus (Covid 19) Pandemic

 

You must isolate for fourteen days prior to admission, this also includes members of your household and the person who is bringing you to hospital, if they are not part of your household.

In practical terms, this means you must:

Stay at home.

Not go to work, school or public areas.

Do not attend any gatherings. This includes gatherings of friends and families in private spaces, for example, family homes, weddings and religious services.

Avoid visitors to your home.

Ask friends, family members or delivery services to carry out errands for you - such as getting groceries, medications or other shopping

Strictly avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.

 

You will receive a phone call four days prior to admission to arrange your Covid swab which will be done three days prior to admission at the hospital closes to your home address. This is a drive through service so you must arrive in a car, not public transport, but you can attend on foot if you live close to the hospital. You must attend for this otherwise your surgery will be cancelled. Please note: you will only be contacted if the result is positive.

 

On the day of surgery, you will be required to have your temperature taken on arrival to the Department. The person who is bringing you to the hospital needs to stay in their vehicle, for approximately 20 minutes to allow time for checks to be taken. Please ensure you bring all contact numbers with you.

If you develop any of these symptoms, cough or cold, a high temperature, loss of taste and smell, fatigue and muscle aches, please contact the Pre-Assessment Team on:

Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital – 01843 725115

Kent and Canterbury Hospital – 01227 783114

William Harvey Hospital – 01233 616743

For further information please use the link:

https://cpoc.org.uk/patients/guidance-patients-having-operation-during-covid-19

 

Failure to follow any of the above instructions will result in your surgery being cancelled

The High Street and Whitfield Surgeries have a Patient Participation Group, If you wish to join please contact Sarah Jarvis on 01304 206463, She  will be happy to help you.

All our patients now have an allocated GP, if you are unsure who your GP is please feel free to contact the practice. A member of our reception team will be happy to help you.

In Times of Bereavement

In the unfortunate event that a person has passed away, there are three things that must be done in the first few days;

  • Get a medical certificate from your GP or hospital doctor (this is necessary to register the death)
  • Register the death within 5 days (8 days in Scotland). You will then receive the necessary documents for the funeral.
  • Make the necessary funeral arrangements.

Register the death

If the death has been reported to the coroner (or Procurator Fiscal in Scotland) they must give permission before registering the death.

You can register the death if you are a relative, a witness to the death, a hospital administrator or the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors.

You can use the ‘Register a Death’ page on the gov.uk website that will guide you through the process. This will also explain the registration process for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Arrange the funeral

The funeral can usually only take place after the death is registered. Most people use a funeral director, though you can arrange a funeral yourself.

Funeral directors

Choose a funeral director who’s a member of one of the following:

These organisations have codes of practice - they must give you a price list when asked.

Some local councils run their own funeral services, for example for non-religious burials. The British Humanist Association can also help with non-religious funerals.

Arranging the funeral yourself

Contact the Cemeteries and Crematorium Department of your local council to arrange a funeral yourself.

Funeral costs

Funeral costs can include:

  • funeral director fees
  • things the funeral director pays for on your behalf (called ‘disbursements’ or ‘third-party costs’), for example, crematorium or cemetery fees, or a newspaper announcement about the death
  • local authority burial or cremation fees

Funeral directors may list all these costs in their quotes.



 
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