28/04/2020

Covid19 - Testing Criteria Update

A quick update on the changes to Covid19 testing guidelines:

You can now be referred for testing if you are in one or more of the categories for priority testing and meet the testing criteria below.

If you are not in a priority group we cannot refer you for testing at this time.

PRIORITY TESTING GROUPS:

1. Close contacts of a confirmed case.
2. Customer facing Health Care Workers who have regular patient contact.
3. Groups most at risk of severe infection and the extremely medically vulnerable as outlined in the guidelines on Cocooning (link at the end of this article)
4. Household contacts of HealthCare Workers and of at-risk groups.
5. Staff and residents of nursing homes and other residential care settings and those in direct provision, homeless, Roma and Travelling  community settings where symptom management is difficult.
6. Prison staff and inmates where it may be difficult to implement self-isolation advice.
7. Pregnant women to ensure they can be managed safely in hospital, minimising the risk of spread in the maternity hospital.

TESTING CRITERIA:

1. ......A patient with acute respiratory infection (sudden onset of at least one of the following: cough, fever, shortness of breath) AND with no other aetiology that fully explains the clinical presentation.

So, if you wake up in the morning with a cough, a fever or feeling like you can't breathe properly, phone us for a consult. If the GP cannot explain your symptoms in some other way such as a random virus, an allergic reaction or whatever, then we can refer you for Covid19 testing.

OR

2. .........A patient with any acute respiratory illness AND having been in close contact with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case in the last 14 days prior to onset of symptoms.

For example, you are in quarantine with someone who got a positive test result OR you work with someone who has tested positive OR you had close contact with someone who had close contact with a positive case etc etc and you start to feel unwell with cough/fever/shortness of breath, call us and we will refer you for a Covid19 test.

In all cases, if you have any concerns that you may have contracted the virus, please behave as if you are infected and call your GP for advice.

Links to the official HSE algorithims are here:

Updated Testing algorithm as of 28 April 2020

Guidance on Cocooning for High Risk groups

 


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