Please read and follow this advice if you are bringing your child into hospital for an operation.
COVID-19 is still circulating in the community. Some patients need to have a PCR test 72 hours before their procedure. If this applies to your child, you will receive an appointment for their test.
Having surgery within 7 weeks of having covid can place some patients at increased risk. Please contact your clinical team if your child has had COVID-19 recently so they can consider this.
All patients are asked about symptoms of infection, and they may have a test on arrival to hospital. If your child has symptoms, their clinical team will decide if it is still safe to have your procedure done or if it needs to be postponed.
The NHS is asking all patients, staff and visitors to continue to wear a mask inside the hospital. You should expect staff to ask you to put a mask on when you arrive at the hospital, this includes children over 11 years of age.
If you or your child have been told you are extremely vulnerable or are at higher-risk please ensure the clinical team are made aware.
Use hand gel or wash your hands when you arrive and keep a distance between you and others to reduce the risk of transmission.
Extra precautions to take prior to surgery
You should have received a letter advising what extra precautions your family and child should take 10 days and 3 days before surgery.