Preparing for your treatment in the Croydon Elective Centre
Initial pre-assessment screening
Before your treatment, you will receive a telephone call from a member of our team to discuss your care. They will talk to you about your upcoming appointment, the benefits and risks of any procedures and whether you are able to complete a period of self-isolation before your treatment. Once your treatment is booked, you will be given further guidance on what to do to prepare for your visit to hospital.
Before your treatment, you will be asked to take part in either a telephone or face to face pre-operative assessment, where we determine if you are physically fit enough to have surgery and an anaesthetic.
If you are invited to a face to face appointment, this will be held within our Outpatients department, on the first floor of the London Wing (Blue Zone).
Once we have completed your pre-operative assessment, you will be asked to self-isolate for either 7 or 14 days. All other people living in your household must also isolate alongside you.
Self-isolating before a planned procedure
You must self-isolate before your treatment to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for you and for others also undergoing treatment or surgery. This means that you should not:
- Leave your home to go to work, school, or public areas
- Use public transport or taxis
- Attend any gatherings, even with friends and families in private spaces e.g. family homes, weddings and religious services
- Go out even to buy food or other essentials, unless absolutely necessary. When arranging food or medication deliveries, these should be left at the door to minimise contact
- Use telephone or online services if you need to contact your GP or other essential services
- Regularly wash your hands and ask carers or support workers who visit your home to also wash their hands
- Avoid touching your face
Anyone who lives with you will need to do this same. If members of your household go to work or you have children who go to school and are unable to self-isolate, you should reduce all non-essential contact with them and all other members of your household.
Reducing non-essential contact with other members of your household
You can reduce contact with other members of your household by:
- Minimising the time you spend in shared spaces (such as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas) and keep these shared spaces well ventilated
- Maintaining some social distancing with other people you live with by keeping 2 metres apart (3 steps) and encouraging them to sleep in a different bed where possible
- Avoid using your kitchen when other’s in the household are present and if possible take your meals back to your room to eat
- Use a dishwasher to clean and dry used crockery and cutlery but if this is not possible, wash them using your usual washing-up liquid and water and dry them thoroughly
- If you are using your own utensils, remember to use a separate tea towel for drying these
If you can, use a separate bathroom from the rest of the household, or if you share a toilet and bathroom with others:
- Use separate towels from the other people in your house, both for drying yourself after bathing or showering and for hand-hygiene purposes
- Consider drawing up a bathing rota. You should schedule yourself to use the facilities first
- Ensure that the toilet and bathroom are cleaned every time after use. Wipe surfaces you all have come into contact with such as taps, handles,and countertops
Further information about the steps to take to self-isolate is available here on the Government’s website.
What happens next?
You will be tested for coronavirus three days before your procedure date. We will contact you to arrange for you to be tested for coronavirus before your treatment.
This will take place on the hospital site, at our drive-in testing clinic. We will confirm a time for you to attend and a trained nurse will complete a COVID-19 PCR test—a simple nose and throat swab—through your car window.
Children’s COVID-19 testing may be completed in a paediatric area. Your clinical team will confirm this for you.
We will contact you to confirm your results. Your operation or procedure will not take place if you test positive for coronavirus unless it is very urgent or considered an emergency by the clinical team.
What should you do if you develop coronavirus symptoms?
You must let us know if you think you have symptoms including a high temperature, new continuous cough, or loss or change in your sense of smell or taste. Before your admission to hospital, you should also let us know if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus within 14 days of your treatment.
If you or a household member develops symptoms of coronavirus or have confirmed coronavirus, please follow the advice on what to do here.