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Miss Wyatt’s clinics and surgical lists are proceeding as they were pre-pandemic.

The Portland Hospital would prefer only one parent to accompany their child for appointments/admission but this is no longer mandatory and two may attend.

I know many parents have concerns about their child coming into hospital for an operation in the current climate. The Portland Hospital and I are both dedicated to safe and quality care and these are some of the steps we are taking to ensure this:

Extra infection prevention measures – increased hand sanitiser/handwashing stations; all staff wear a medical grade facemask at all times; clinical areas deep cleaned regularly.

Screening – patients, visitors and staff are screened on arrival with a temperature check and questionnaire; a mask is provided to wear whilst on the premises.

Social distancing – pre-registration is carried out to avoid queues at reception.

PPE – all staff wear the PPE appropriate to their role, following National Infection Control guidelines.

Covid19 swab testing – every child due for admission to hospital will need to have a Covid19 lateral flow test the day before admission. Each accompanying parent will also be required to do a lateral flow test. Only proven Covid negative patients will be able to be admitted.