7 Patients known or suspected to have COVID-19

7 Patients known or suspected to have COVID-19

7.1 When patients with known or suspected COVID‑19 have been identified, follow appropriate UK government guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19. This includes recommendations on using personal protective equipment (PPE), patient transfers, and options for outpatient settings.

7.2 If a patient not previously known or suspected to have COVID‑19 shows symptoms at presentation, follow UK government guidance on investigation and initial clinical management of possible cases. This includes information on testing and isolating patients.

7.3 If COVID‑19 is later diagnosed in a patient not isolated from admission or presentation, follow UK government guidance on management of exposed healthcare workers and patients in hospital settings.