3 Patients known or suspected to have COVID‑19

3 Patients known or suspected to have COVID‑19

3.1 When patients with known or suspected COVID‑19 have been identified, follow appropriate UK government guidance on infection prevention and control. This includes recommendations on patient transfers, transport and options for outpatient settings.

3.2 All healthcare workers involved in receiving, assessing and caring for patients who have known or suspected COVID‑19 should follow UK government guidance on infection prevention and control. This contains information on using personal protective equipment (PPE), including visual and quick guides for putting on and taking off PPE.

3.3 Be aware that patients with COVID-19 are at risk of severe disease following systemic anticancer treatment. [3 April 2020]

3.4 If a patient has COVID-19:

  • Only continue systemic anticancer treatment if it is needed for urgent control of the cancer.

  • If possible, defer systemic anticancer treatment until the patient has at least 1 negative test for COVID-19. [3 April 2020]