Children's Hospital Covid-19 Documents
Children's Hospital Visiting Policy
- General wards in the Children’s Hospital: One accompanying adult will be expected to remain with the child/young person for 5 days before a swap is permitted to another accompanying adult.
- Neonatal unit: Only one parent/carer will be allowed at the cot-side at any one time but the other parent may book another timed slot to visit during the day.
- Paediatric Intensive Care Unit: Only one parent/carer will be allowed at the bed/cot side at any one time but the other parent may book another timed slot to visit during the day.
Exceptions are allowed when both parents are required for training to enable discharge or in cases of end of life care or other exceptional circumstances.
Swabbing and Isolation
We have created the below graphic to provide clarity on which days you need to swab a patient for COVID-19. Patients should be swabbed on the day of their admission and again five days later, which covers the incubation period of the virus.
Patients who are having planned care will be swabbed within 72 hours of their procedure. They will then be swabbed on admission and again five days later.
Please remember that a negative swab on admission does not mean that a patient is not incubating COVID-19, particularly as Leeds is in a period of sustained community transmission.
Swabbing on the correct day is important in ensuring timely care for our patients - we have had a number of inpatients needing interventional radiology (IR) procedures who have not had their day 5 swab which has caused delays to when these procedures can take place.
Procedure for admission of patients
Patients can only be admitted to the wards following appropriate completion of the screening questionnaire and review of the Covid-19 swab.
The following questions should be asked of every parent/carer visiting a child every time they attend the ward when they come in from home, or there is a switch over of visitors. The questions should still be asked, even if it is the same visitor each time, but they have not spent the night on the ward.
For reference, the questions are:
- Have you or any member of your household/family had a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
- Are you or any member of your household/family waiting for a COVID-19 test result?
- Have you travelled internationally in the last 14 days to a country that is subject to quarantine on return to the UK?
- Have you had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or been in isolation with a suspected case in the last 14 days?
- Do you have any of the following symptoms: high temperature or fever/new, continuous cough/a loss or alteration to taste or smell?
These should then be saved on PPM+
Categorisation of Pathways and PPE
High risk pathway = Clinical assessment, symptomatic, triage questions, swab awaited
Medium risk pathway = Asymptomatic, answered ”no” to triage questions, swab awaited
Low risk Pathway = Pre-admission, clinical assessment, answered “no” to triage questions, have isolated/shielded