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Safety assurance

The Trust has taken every precaution to minimise the risk of infection to all patients, carers, visitors and staff on our hospital sites.

In line with national infection prevention and control guidelines a simple three zone system has been introduced to indicate potential infection risks. Areas within Trust facilities are designated β€˜low’, β€˜medium’ or β€˜high’ risk depending upon the level of assurance that can be provided about the risks of infection.

Each zone also has specific entry restrictions to indicate who can enter and what precautions must be taken.

Red – (RED) HIGH infection risk – HIGH entry controls

  • For patients who have had a positive COVID tests
  • No one may enter without ward staff permission and all must wear appropriate PPE.

Amber – (AMBER) MEDIUM infection risk – STANDARD entry controls

  • For patients, visitors and staff who do not have COVID-19 symptoms, but who have not been tested for the virus.
  • Everyone in these areas must wear a face mask, use hand sanitiser and maintain their distance from others.
  • Most general wards, A&E and outpatient areas, and most communal areas of the hospitals – for example, corridors and restaurants – will be amber zones

Green – (GREEN) LOW infection risk – HIGH entry controls

  • Only for patients who have followed the highest levels of infection prevention control measures – including self-isolation and, in many cases, a negative test (within the last 72 hours) – to minimise the risks of infection.
  • Everyone in these areas must wear a face mask, use hand sanitiser and maintain their distance from others.
  • No one may enter these areas without ward staff permission to help minimise the risk of infection for specific patients.