Most Pre-Surgery PCR Testing Dropped

Manx Care is removing the requirement for those who are due to undergo a surgical or diagnostic procedure in hospital to undertake a PCR test and isolate for three days.

Instead, Manx Care is now requesting that patients due for admission for a surgical or diagnostic procedure (i.e. endoscopy) undertake a Lateral Flow Test on the day of the procedure.

If that is positive, they must not attend the hospital, and should instead telephone the relevant ward/department to inform the team that they will not be able to attend.

Those who test positive via a Lateral Flow Test should also contact 111 to request a PCR test (or visit to request a test online).

Some procedures may however still require a PCR test to be undertaken; however patients will be informed by the Preoperative Assessment Clinic Service if this applies to them.

This change follows a recent meeting of the Manx Care Clinical Advisory Group (a forum of all Clinical Directors and the Primary Care Network), who discussed advice issued by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA, formerly Public Health England) on changes to COVID-19 infection prevention and control advice to help ease pressure on the NHS.

Manx Care is also asking patients not to attend for their procedure and to notify the ward/department if:

  • They are showing any symptoms relating to COVID-19
  • They have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19 in the last 10 days, including those identified as a high risk, low risk or close contact by 111 within the previous 10 days
  • They have been legally instructed to self-isolate by the 111 team as part of a travel pathway to enter the Island

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