We have introduced ‘colour codes’ for areas where patients are cared for to manage either COVID-19 status or COVID-19 risk. These colours are used to identify the areas where patients have either a COVID-19 infection that we know about or have gone through an isolation and swabbing process to make their admission to hospital safer for themselves and other patients. It is being used to keep patients and staff as safe as possible in the hospital.
This has been an important part of the infection control response to the pandemic and we now have a revised colour code for ESNEFT which is:
Patients who have shielded at home for 14 days and had a negative swab at day 11.
- Amber COVID-19 suspected
Patients admitted as an emergency (clinical picture suggestive of COVID-19) and awaiting the result of their COVID-19 swab.
- Amber COVID-19 not suspected
Patients admitted as an emergency (clinical picture not suggestive of COVID-19) and awaiting the result of their COVID-19 swab. Patients who have not had a COVID-19 swab, e.g. those attending a face to face outpatient appointment, under amber elective care pathway.
Patients with a negative COVID-19 swab without 14 days of shielding or admitted as an emergency with negative swab and a clinical review concluding COVID-19 is unlikely. Patients on blue elective care pathway.
Patients with a positive COVID-19 swab or clinical presentation highly suggestive of COVID-19.
We have detailed information for patients available on the ESNEFT website.