"Covid Testing"

About: Royal Bournemouth General Hospital / General surgery

(as the patient),

I had a covid test three days prior to an appointment for a minor day surgery case. I was told at the time of the test to "shield as normal until my op". There were no other details or paperwork giving any other relevant details, such as too self isolate.

On the appointed day of my procedure when checking in I was asked if had any contact with the public outside the home. I replied that I had met with a couple of friends  outside two days previous. Then I was told that as a result I had to go home and make another appointment for a test.

At no time was I made aware that "shield as normal" meant self isolate. This in any case would be extremely difficult if not impossible as I live with my family which includes three other people.

Before I left the hospital that day one of your admin staff informed me that six people that morning alone had been sent home for the same reason. This was complete waste of time, money and resources for all concerned. Theatre time, medical staff all wasted. 

Subsequently I have had another covid test and your procedures remain the same. Nothing has been added to the various forms and instructions I have been given and the same verbal instruction to "shield as normal" was given by your staff in the car park. Of course I am doing my best to self isolate until my procedure later this week.

Please wake up to this situation as I am sure many other operations have been cancelled for the same reason. 

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