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Re: Isolation

Hello nieve2016

Thanks for posting. Making sense of all the guidance can be really confusing.

The NHS website gives some information on going into hospital, COVID and self-isolation. It suggests that you, the people you live with and anyone in your support bubble may need to self-isolate before you go into hospital. 

You may want to have a look at the NICE guidance published at the end of July about planned surgery. This says that for 14 days prior to surgery you will need to social distance and follow hand hygiene routines for 14 days before admission.  Three days before admission you will need to have a COVID test and from the time of this test, to your admission, you will need to isolate yourself completely.  Most hospitals will have a procedure that they are following based on the NICE guidance, I have included an example of this here to give you an idea of what you might need to do. You will still need to confirm this with your team prior to your admission.

You may want more information about reconstruction and you can access this by following this link.

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Best wishes


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I have spoke to my breast cancer nurse about self isolation before and after having a single mastectomy with immediate implant reconstruction and they haven’t said much as they said it keeps changing and tells me to wait nearer the time, I have 3 children at school and a partner who works so need to know a bit more in advance regarding how the self isolation works and for how long. My partner needs to tell his work and I need to arrange with school. Could you help?