Hospitals: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 28th July 2020.

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Photo of Julian Sturdy Julian Sturdy Conservative, York Outer

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the feasibility of designating certain hospitals for covid-19 patients only, to allow other NHS hospitals to return to normal operations and tackle the backlog of non-covid 19 patients.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

On 14 May 2020, NHS England published an ‘Operating Framework for urgent and planned services in hospital settings during COVID-19’ which is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/05/Operating-framework-for-urgent-and-planned-services-within-hospitals.pdf

As part of this guidance, local healthcare systems and individual providers were asked to “maximise opportunities for creating physical and / or visible separation between clinical and non-clinical areas used by patients on a planned and elective care pathway and those on an urgent and emergency care pathway” and to “maintain consistency in staff allocation where possible and reduce movement of staff and the crossover of care pathways where feasible”.

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