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self-isolating pre-surgery - advice needed

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runner2 Wed 24-Jun-20 19:34:25

I received a call from my local hospital earlier, booking me in for a minor surgical procedure in 2 weeks' time. I was told I needed to self-isolate from tomorrow - allowed out only to exercise, and only allowed to see/be with members of my own household. But I am in a household with 3 others, all of whom are going out each day, within the remit of the updated guidelines. My question is, is it just me that needs to isolate, or does the entire household have to stay home for the next 2 weeks? If you can advise, please do asap as DH is due to go to work in London tomorrow morning...

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YellowOrangeRed Wed 24-Jun-20 19:49:40

I’m currently isolating due to upcoming cancer surgery. My entire household has had to isolate — can’t leave our property other than for my Covid test. Have to isolate for two weeks after too, though I’ll check on surgery day if that’s still required.

Wigeon Wed 24-Jun-20 19:50:20

I just had a minor surgical procedure last week, and was told the whole household had to isolate for 14 days before, literally not leaving the house, not even for exercise.

Wigeon Wed 24-Jun-20 19:51:34

More info here: www.theguardian.com/society/2020/may/14/nhs-patients-will-have-to-isolate-for-two-weeks-before-planned-surgery

Wigeon Wed 24-Jun-20 19:53:29

Here is the official guidance - see slide 5 which says the whole household has to isolate for 14 days: www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/05/Operating-framework-for-urgent-and-planned-services-within-hospitals.pdf

LordOftheRingz Wed 24-Jun-20 19:53:54

How on earth is this doable with Jobs.

Wigeon Wed 24-Jun-20 19:55:43

I was told by the hospital that people who hadn’t done this found their surgery cancelled on the day....

ohthegoats Wed 24-Jun-20 20:11:52

My partner had surgery for a tumour yesterday. He wasn't told to isolate, although we were told to 'go careful'. So we just carried on as normal - both worked from home (which meant I didnt' go in to school), our child went to school in her bubble but we didn't hang out anywhere much on the school run. He had a COVID test on Sunday and had to isolate completely after that until he went into hospital yesterday. They told him that if he hadn't had his result as negative by 7am, then he had to sit in the car and wait until someone called him about it.

Seems different places are doing different things.

EnlightenedOwl Wed 24-Jun-20 20:21:48

LordOftheRingz

How on earth is this doable with Jobs.

It's not. Also if you do manage it what if surgery cancelled on the day? So just tick the box and say you've done it they won't know any different

Mygoodlygodlingtons Wed 24-Jun-20 20:29:01

@EnlightenedOwl

So just tick the box and say you've done it they won't know any different

And risk the health of the staff and other patients?

That would be the height of selfishness and stupidity.

EnlightenedOwl Wed 24-Jun-20 20:38:53

What other option is there? Not everyone can wfh or afford 2 wks unpaid absence

YellowOrangeRed Wed 24-Jun-20 20:42:26

ohthegoats

My partner had surgery for a tumour yesterday. He wasn't told to isolate, although we were told to 'go careful'. So we just carried on as normal - both worked from home (which meant I didnt' go in to school), our child went to school in her bubble but we didn't hang out anywhere much on the school run. He had a COVID test on Sunday and had to isolate completely after that until he went into hospital yesterday. They told him that if he hadn't had his result as negative by 7am, then he had to sit in the car and wait until someone called him about it.

Seems different places are doing different things.

I’ve not been told I have to wait for results before going in. Eek.

Pomegranatepompom Wed 24-Jun-20 20:42:42

Do you think it's acceptable to risk the lives of other patients and hospital staff EnlightendedOwl

Covid has really demonstrated how entitled and selfish some people are.

Pomegranatepompom Wed 24-Jun-20 20:43:25

If you can't isolate, the place can be given to someone else who will.

EnlightenedOwl Wed 24-Jun-20 20:43:41

I'm sorry but as I said. Not everyone can wfh or take a fortnight unpaid.

EnlightenedOwl Wed 24-Jun-20 20:44:46

Pomegranatepompom

If you can't isolate, the place can be given to someone else who will.

Meaning some people can't get treatment because of their circumstances?

runner2 Wed 24-Jun-20 20:47:18

Please, I really didn't want my post to cause argument or unpleasantness. I realise I need to get back in touch with my hospital tomorrow for clarification as it does seem there are some local variations in the rules. I really appreciate your responses and links to information. Take care, everyone.

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Toomanyapplesinthefruitbowl Wed 24-Jun-20 20:47:59

There are different rules for different hospitals because some sites are Covid green, so those sites are the ones where you and your whole household have to self isolate (properly not leaving the house) for 14 days. Employers are varying in what they’re offering people who have to do it and can’t work from home - unpaid leave / SSP / sick pay.

EnlightenedOwl Wed 24-Jun-20 20:49:21

People can't afford it. They'll have to lie

Pomegranatepompom Wed 24-Jun-20 20:49:43

@runner2 my friend has been able to self isolate so her family don't have to.

Pomegranatepompom Wed 24-Jun-20 20:51:23

@EnlightenedOwl if people lie causing a hospital outbreak, services will be stopped, so more people will have treatment delays.

EnlightenedOwl Wed 24-Jun-20 20:53:24

Whatever I would just tick the box. It's all over reaction and unnecessary anyway

Pomegranatepompom Wed 24-Jun-20 20:57:27

My colleague died of Covid, she caught it while working in the NHS, she was living in hospital accommodation so she didn't pose a risk to her family. She was brilliant, she had a DD, DS and DH.

Please stop posting upsetting and inaccurate nonsense.

EnlightenedOwl Wed 24-Jun-20 20:59:11

Everyone's got a colleague who died of covid it seems

LordOftheRingz Wed 24-Jun-20 21:13:07

I would follow the self isolate conditions, I absolutely would not lie. It would be hard (I may need a small surgery soon), but I cant keep my family in not even being able to go for a walk.

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