5 During the planned care
5.1 When providing planned care:
minimise potential SARS‑CoV‑2 transmission to healthcare workers (see section 7).
5.2 If personal protective equipment is likely to restrict communication with some patient groups, use other ways of communicating to meet their needs (see recommendation 1.1).
5.3 Keep visitors to a minimum during inpatient stays, and make sure that essential visits are safe and in line with UK government guidance on infection prevention and control.
5.4 For patients having inpatient surgery who stay in hospital for more than 5 days follow NHS England and Improvement guidance on testing.