COVID-19 Screening Policy for Carers

All carers are required to provide a valid and negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test report or undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR test before their first visit to the hospital. Subsequent tests are required every 3 days if the carer will continue to provide care to the patient at the hospital.

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 3 carers per stay
  • Name and HKID/travel document number of the carers 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

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 is living in specified premises listed in a compulsory testing notice;
    • the carer has received a written Compulsory Testing Direction (unless he/she is fully recovered and tested negative to COVID-19);
    • the carer or his/her family member(s) is/are currently under home quarantine or medical surveillance;
    • the carer presented with fever or any COVID-19 related symptoms.

4. Screening for Carers

  • 1st COVID-19 RT-PCR Test
    • All newly-registered carers are required to submit a valid and negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test report to our ward staff on their first visit to the hospital. The result is regarded as valid for 3 days, with specimen collection day to be counted as day 1.
    • COVID-19 test reports from one of the authorised external laboratories or institutions with patient’s full name and identity number will be accepted.
    • The carer can self-pay for a one-time deep throat saliva (DTS) for RT-PCR test* for COVID-19 at a charge of HK$1,200 in our 24-hour Outpatient and Emergency Department. Appointment is needed. 
      *Please make a note of the specimen submission time as follows. 
      • Specimen Submission Time
        • Monday to Friday:   Before 2:00pm
        • Saturday:                Before 12:00nn
        • Sunday and public holidays are excluded
      • Notes on Specimen Collection
        • Do NOT brush your teeth, eat or drink after getting up
        • Keep your stomach empty for least 2 hours
  • Subsequent test after the 1st COVID-19 RT-PCR test
    • Subsequent tests are required every 3 days if the carer will continue to provide care to the patient at the hospital. All results are valid for 3 days only, with specimen collection day to be counted as day 1.
    • COVID-19 test reports from one of the authorised external laboratories or institutions with patient’s full name and identity number will be accepted.
    • The carer can undergo a self-paid Rapid Antigen Test (charges HK$120) in our 24-hour Outpatient and Emergency Department.
    • We will issue a “Rapid Antigen Test Notice for Carers” to the carer, and he/she is required to undergo the Rapid Antigen Test at our 24-hour Outpatient and Emergency Department.
    • The Rapid Antigen Test result will be available in around 20 to 30 minutes.
    • If the COVID-19 negative result has expired for more than 7 days, the carer should repeat the RT-PCR test.

5. Infection Prevention Measures for Carers

  • Wear a surgical mask at all times in wards and other hospital areas except during meal time
  • Shorten the meal time (< 15 mins) and put on the mask immediately after eating and drinking
  • No talking during eating or drinking
  • Do not eat with patients
  • 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