5 Grouping and separating patients to reduce risk

5 Grouping and separating patients to reduce risk

5.1 To minimise cross infection, set up and review facilities and treatment schedules so that patients can be scheduled for treatment based on their COVID‑19 status. Options include:

  • scheduling treatment for patients with known or suspected COVID‑19 at a specific time of day

  • scheduling treatment for patients who are at particularly increased risk of severe illness from COVID‑19 (such as patients with lung cancer) at a different time from patients with COVID‑19.

5.2 If possible, have separate entrances and facilities for patients who do not have COVID‑19 and for patients known or suspected to have COVID‑19.

5.3 Ensure treatment schedules can properly accommodate the cleaning needs for any areas used by patients with COVID‑19.