- Hospitals will no longer have to enforce a two meter distance or deep clean surfaces
- Mandatory PCR tests have also been reduced for patients receiving elective
- UKHSA says change will ease pressure as country learns to live with virus
NHS owners were today given the green light to ease COVID-controlled restrictions in hospitals to boost efforts to clear the record backlog.
Officials left guidance on social distancing, which the healthcare service adopted at the start of the pandemic, in an effort to keep patients safe.
Social distancing can be reduced to 1m in some low-risk areas of hospitals that no longer require deep cleaning between uninfected patients.
And some patients who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic no longer need to test negative on PCR and self-isolate for three days, as long as they lateral flow say they are free of the virus on the day of their procedure. Huh
Guidelines issued by the UK Health Protection Agency (UKHSA) – which replaced the dissolved PHE – are already being followed in some hospitals.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid claimed that the recommendation was possible only because of the ‘unprecedented vaccination campaign’.
He added: ‘We can now safely begin to get rid of some of the most stringent infection controls where they are no longer needed to benefit patients and reduce the burden on hardworking NHS staff.’
NHS hospitals are under record pressure after massive disruptions to patient care due to the pandemic.
The pandemic-fueled backlog for routine operations hit 5.6 million at the end of July. This figure is the highest ever recorded, which will continue to rise and will take years to clear.
The prime minister pledged an additional £10bn a year for the NHS in a tax raid aimed at helping clear huge waiting lists.
This came on top of a previously announced £5.4 billion cash boost.
The cash will go towards millions more checks, scans and procedures and will increase NHS capacity for routine operations.
The number of patients awaiting routine hospital treatment reached 5.6 million in July, the highest figure since records began in 2007. And health chiefs have warned that the backlog is about to get worse before it gets better, with estimates it could rise to 13 million by the end of the year if no action is taken.
Patients who had to wait more than 18 weeks for routine surgery – the maximum time one should wait under the NHS’s own rules – rose to 1.7 million in July, the highest level in four months
Statistics show that as of July this year, some 293,000 people were waiting for more than a year for treatment on the NHS. This was slightly less than last month when the list had 304,803 people, but still nearly three times the same level last year. The list has grown after the pandemic forced hospitals to convert entire wards to fight the virus.
The UK’s Health Protection Agency, which published the new advice, says less stringent measures may be implemented in hospitals as a growing proportion of the population is vaccinated and more is known about how the virus is contained. can be done.
The UKHSA said ‘practical changes’ will ease Covid-related pressure on hospitals in the coming months as the country learns to live with the virus.
It said social distancing could be dropped from 2m to 1m in hospitals where patient access could be controlled, such as in wards, but not in A and E, by number 10 in June reflect the message.
A minimum distance of 1 meter is already recommended by the WHO in health care settings, although it says it should be increased ‘whenever possible’.
And under the relaxation of measures, some patients will no longer be required to show a negative PCR test or isolate for three days, such as for hip and knee operations.
Only low-risk patients, who are fully vaccinated, asymptomatic and tested negative by lateral flow test on the day of their operation, will be exempted.
UK daily Covid cases rise 5% in one week to 37,960 as hospitalizations and deaths continue to fall
Britain’s daily Covid cases rose by 5.2 per cent in the past week, while deaths fell by almost a fifth, official figures revealed today.
Health department officials recorded 37,960 positive tests as compared to 36,100 on last Monday. This marks the tenth day in a row that the infection has increased from week to week.
Meanwhile, another 40 deaths were also posted, slightly less than the 49 lab-confirmed victims registered a week ago. There were no figures available on hospitalizations in the UK, but figures for England show they are falling by around 15 per cent week-on-week.
Both measures are several weeks behind cases because of how long it can take for infected patients to become seriously ill.
Meanwhile, 48.7 million Britons over the age of 16 have now received at least one dose of the vaccine (89.7 percent), while 44.7 million are double-jaded (82.4 percent).
The figures come amid fears of a fourth wave, with official data showing that children have started passing the coronavirus to their parents.
Health Department figures show England’s infection rate has been rising for a fortnight, after millions of students returned to classes at the beginning of the month. But infections were only rising among young people, with evidence that the reopening of schools was to blame.
Government figures now show, however, that rates are beginning to rise in 35- to 39-year-olds, 40 to 44-year-olds and 45 to 50-year-olds, suggesting that children may have carried the virus home with them. .
Patients with close contacts of someone who tested positive will still need to follow self-isolation and test more accurately.
And hospitals can go back to their pre-Covid cleaning procedures.
The UKHSA said there is ‘limited evidence’ of the virus spreading from surfaces.
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