6 Ongoing care and support

6 Ongoing care and support

6.1 Test inpatients to ensure they do not have COVID‑19 before they are discharged from hospital to other care settings including care homes and hospices in line with NHS England and Improvement guidance on testing. If they test positive for COVID-19 and would otherwise have been discharged to a care home, ensure that they are discharged into a designated setting in line with the Department of Health and Social Care's requirement for designated settings.

6.2 Discuss arrangements for follow up, postoperative care, and outcomes of diagnostic tests and investigations. Advise patients about what they should do if they develop symptoms of infection (including COVID-19 symptoms) within 3 weeks after the planned care.