Self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test (a test that is sent to the lab) on GOV.UK as soon as possible if you have any of these 3 symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
You should also self-isolate straight away if
You must not come to campus or your clinical placement location and you should report to the Medical School and University that you are self-isolating.
Updated PHE guidance on NHS staff and student self-isolation and return to work following COVID-19 contact states that:
As of 16th August, following updated Government guidance, fully vaccinated staff and students working within the NHS who are identified as a contact of a positive COVID-19 case will no longer be required to isolate and will be expected to return to work, providing that the following safeguards are implemented for them to do so safely:
- a negative PCR test prior to returning to their NHS workplace. Staff members/students should not attend work/clinical placement while awaiting the PCR test result.
- the staff member/student has had two doses of an approved vaccine, and is at least two weeks (14 days) post double vaccination at the point of exposure
- provision of subsequent, daily negative LFD antigen tests for a minimum of 10 days before commencing each shift (with test results reported to Test and Trace via the web portal and to their duty manager or an identified senior staff member). Any contact who has a positive LFD test should self-isolate and arrange a PCR test.
- the staff member/student is and remains asymptomatic
- continued use of infection prevention and control (IPC) measures, in line with the current UK IPC guidance and adherence to local IPC measures at their individual NHS sites
If the above criteria cannot be met, or if the staff member/student has not had both doses of the vaccine, or they are living directly (same household) with a positive contact, they will continue to be asked to isolate in-line with government guidance.
Students must notify their clinical tutor or the SLO team before they return to placement after having been identified as a contact, even if all the above conditions are met. This is so appropriate local risk assessments can be carried out to protect the safety of students, staff and patients – particularly those at higher risk. This may mean staff members/students not being able to access some clinical areas for a period of 10 days.
The guidance above is applicable to MB BS Medicine, MB BS Medicine with a Gateway Year and MSc Physician Associate Studies students at Hull York Medical School attending primary or secondary care placements. Students who have not yet had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination, are recommended to do so as soon as possible.
We ask that all students continue to update us as to their Covid-19 vaccination status to enable us to make decisions regarding teaching and assessments – both on campus and at our clinical sites – to ensure we have Covid-secure measures in place for the individual needs of all students, as well as our tutors and patients.
If you have a new or previously undisclosed health condition which may place you at increased risk of Covid-19 then please contact the Student Support team via email at email@example.com
If you have any queries, please contact the Programme Delivery Team or your local Student Liaison Team.