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 batch test (Combined and Throat Swab Test) before their each visit to the hospital. The result is regarded as valid for 48 hours from the time of specimen collection.

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 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 should be avoided. Reassigning of registered carer is only allowed on concession
  • All carers are required to record the time when they enter and leave the patient room for contact tracing purpose when necessary. 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 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 test);
    • the carer or household members had close contact with a confirmed case in the past 14 days;
    • the carer or his/her family member(s) is/are currently under home quarantine or medical surveillance.

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 their each visit to the hospital. The result is regarded as valid for 48 hours from the time of specimen collection.
    • COVID-19 test reports 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
  • 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

Please also refer the Emergency Response Level - Notes to Patients and Visitors and the latest visiting policy on our website.

[Effective from 9 March 2022]