Updated 25.11.2021

This process is for staff who have received notification/been advised that they have been in contact with a confirmed Covid-19 positive case.

If your contact meets the definition of a ‘close contact’ please proceed to Q1.

A close contact is defined as anyone who has had contact with a confirmed positive case 48 hours before the onset of symptoms or 48 hours before asymptomatic test taken – without either person wearing a medical grade mask

  • Distanced at < 1 metre for any period of time, or
  • Within 2 metres for a period of 15 minutes or more – indoors or outdoors, or
  • Travelled into work together in a small vehicle without surgical face masks on.

1.  Are you fully vaccinated against Covid-19?

(To be considered fully vaccinated you must be more than 14 days since your second dose)

  • YES – Go to question 2
  • NO

ADVICE:

You must NOT return to work for the full 10 days

Please inform your line manager

 

2.  Do you have symptoms suggestive of Covid (no matter how mild)?

Covid-19 symptoms

– high temperature – this means a feeling of feverishness, or a measured temperature >37.8 degrees
– new cough – this means a new intermittent or persistent cough, or worsening of your usual cough (if you have one)
– a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell, particularly in the absence of nasal congestion

Non-specific symptoms
– headache
– sore throat
– nasal discharge or congestion
– muscle aches
– new hoarseness
– new shortness of breath
– new wheeze

  • YES

ADVICE:

You must self-isolate and arrange a PCR swab test as soon as possible.

This can be done by either:

If the result is POSITIVE you must self-isolate for the full 10 days from date of symptom onset.

If the result is NEGATIVE please follow the advice below.

  • NO – Go to question 3

3.  Is the confirmed Covid-19 positive case a household contact?

  • YES

ADVICE:

You must arrange a PCR test and not attend work until you receive a negative result.

Please contact occupational health as soon as possible via 01223 216767 or ohschelpline@addenbrookes.nhs.uk to complete the return to work risk assessment following ‘close contact’ notification.

If approved to continue to work during the self-isolation period you must:

All PCR results must be reported to occupationalhealthscreening@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

All results (both PCR and LFT) must be reported daily to https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result AND to your line manager.  Line managers are required to keep a record of daily test results for all of their staff.

  • NO

ADVICE:

You must arrange a PCR test and not attend work until you receive a negative result.

Please contact occupational health as soon as possible via 01223 216767 or ohschelpline@addenbrookes.nhs.ukto complete the return to work risk assessment following ‘close contact’ notification.

If approved to continue to work during the self-isolation period you must:

All PCR results must be reported to occupationalhealthscreening@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

All lateral flow test results must be reported daily to https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result AND your line manager. Line managers are required to keep a record of daily test results for all of their staff.

Please also inform occupational health of any positive results.

  • Not work with clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) patients, including immunocompromised patients during the self-isolation period.

If you work in an area with these patients, it may be necessary to be redeployed to another area for the remainder of the exclusion period.

This should be discussed with your line manager and divisional leadership team.

Assuming the member of staff remains asymptomatic and does not test positive, at the end of the isolation period it will be possible for them to return to work in their usual area.

Lateral flow tests are to be ordered from www.gov/uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests and all lateral flow results must also be reported here.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-management-of-exposed-healthcare-workers-and-patients-in-hospital-settings/covid-19-management-of-exposed-healthcare-workers-and-patients-in-hospital-settings