Coronavirus (COVID-19): What to expect if you are having surgery

Following new guidance, patients needing surgery will no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days before the operation, unless they have been advised otherwise.

Instead, patients who receive their pre-operative assessment and/or letter after 1 August 2020 will need to:

  • Observe social distancing and practice good hand hygiene 14 days before admission
  • Get tested for COVID-19 three days before admission. Your test results will be ready before the day of admission
  • Self-isolate at home from the day of your test until the day of admission, along with members of your household if you do not live alone
  • Undergo a final assessment on the day of admission where we will check you for any symptoms

Patients at higher risk due to pre-existing health conditions may be advised by their clinician to continue self-isolating for 14 days before admission.

It is very important that you take this request seriously for your own health, for the health of the NHS staff caring for you and for the health of other patients. 

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Further information

For more details, including some frequently asked questions, please see Patient Information Leaflet: Undergoing Surgery and the Risk of COVID-19 Infection.

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