Infectious diseases policy

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St Luke’s Radiology Oxford Ltd

Infectious diseases policy

The majority of the procedures that we undertake at St Luke’s Radiology Oxford are elective (not urgent). Many of these procedures involve the use of steroids which may temporarily reduce individuals resistance to infection. Some of our patients are immunosuppressed due to systemic illness or other medication.

We ask that patients with an active infection anywhere on the body or those who have symptoms or signs of an upper respiratory tract infection (sore throat, swollen neck glands, cough, runny nose, croaky voice) should not attend for elective injection procedures and should telephone us or send an email to arrange a postponement of the injection and a new appointment. Those with viral infections which do not require antibiotic treatment should wait until the symptoms have resolved. Our doctors will be happy to advise on urgent investigation or treatment for those who have an infection but where there is a medical emergency. There will also advise on temporary pain relief during the recovery period from infection.

At all times whether suffering from infection or not, we encourage all those that attend the Department both as a patient or accompanying relatives or friends should use the provided gel dispenser to clean their hands on arrival. Our staff are trained in hand washing techniques and will clean their hands before and after every patient contact. We do not routinely use masks as they have a very limited protection and may be penetrated by organisms within surprisingly short periods of time.

Our practice policy is that those members of staff who have potentially communicable disease, including upper respiratory tract infections, should not come to work and should wait until symptoms resolve for they return. Unfortunately, this means that on rare occasions we may have to postpone appointments especially when there procedure requires skills which are only held by a small number of practitioners.

February 2020