COVID-19 Screening Policy for Carers

1. Definition of Carer

  • Any person who stays with the patient for more than 2 hours or out of the visiting hours of the hospital
  • Any person who is responsible for taking care of a patient

2. General Information

  • Each patient may register up to 2 carers per stay, and the carers are required to have prior registration for visiting privileges
  • Name and HKID/travel document number of the carer will be recorded
  • Only up to 2 registered carers are allowed to stay during any one period/shift at day time
  • In general, only 1 registered carer is allowed to stay during night time (not include ICU / HDU cases)
  • Frequent change of carer is not advised
  • All carers are required to record the time when they enter and leave the patient room for contact tracing purpose when necessary.The COVID-19 test result will be recorded and all carers need to sign on the form. Otherwise, they may be denied visitation

3. Health Declaration

  • All carers are required to fill in the “Health Declaration” form for each visit
  • Carer is not allowed to visit if:
    • the carer presented with fever or any COVID-19 related symptoms;
    • the carer is under compulsory quarantine as ordered by the Government
    • the carer is currently under “Restriction-testing Declaration” or Compulsory Testing Notice ordered by the Government
    • the carer has been tested positive by Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR test;
    • the carer has been infected with COVID-19 in the past 14 days (tested positive by Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR) and under isolation period (included home isolation)
    • the carer or household member(s) had close contact with a confirmed case in the past 14 days and is under compulsory quarantine
    • the carer has been infected with COVID-19 (tested positive by Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR) and still under isolation period (included home isolation)
    • the carer or his/her household member(s) had close contact with a confirmed case and is under compulsory quarantine
    • the carer has stayed in overseas places in the past 7 days and unable to provide a negative test result of the PCR test at the airport or latest compulsory PCR test as ordered by the Government

4. Screening for Carers

  • COVID-19 RT-PCR Test
  • All carers are required to submit a valid and negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test report to our ward staff on the 1st visit to the hospital, to perform Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on the same day before each visit.
    • RT-PCR test result is regarded as valid for 48 hours from the time of specimen collection.
    • COVID-19 RT-PCR test from one of the authorised external laboratories or institutions with patient’s full name and identity number will be accepted.
    • Carers can self-pay for a RT-PCR batch test (Combined and Throat Swab Test) for COVID-19 at a charge of HK$700 at Gleneagles (Service hours: Monday – Friday; 9:00 am – 6:00 pm).

5. Infection Prevention Measures for Carers

  • Wear a surgical mask at all times in wards and other hospital areas
  • Put on the mask immediately after eating and drinking
  • No talking during eating or drinking
  • Do not eat with patients and shorten the meal time (< 15 mins)
  • Help patient to put the mask back on immediately after feeding
  • Maintain social distance during visits (e.g. staying one metre apart)
  • Observe hand hygiene frequently and before leaving the patient room
  • Maintain personal and environmental hygiene

Please also refer the Emergency Response Level - Notes to Patients and Visitors and the latest visiting policy on our website at https://gleneagles.hk/about/emergency-response-level-notes-to-patients-and-visitors

[Effective from 27 October 2022]