St George’s follows St George's, University of London Return to Site Key Principles and associated guidance.
2. Identification and management
Positive case usually identified by NHS Test & Trace portal; GPs, NHS, or Staff/Student; Occupational Health also possible sources.
University contact email for St George’s students is email@example.com and for staff is HRHelp@sgul.ac.uk. For 2 or more cases University will contact London Coronavirus Response Cell.
Communicate with students/staff to request they let us know if they test positive for COVID-19.
Those who have possible COVID-19, or test positive, to isolate for 10 days.
Line managers encouraged to keep in touch with staff who are isolating.
PHE standard definition: If 2 or more diagnoses of COVID-19 in 14 days, PHE send in the Health Protection Team & if those diagnosed with COVID-19 are linked, an outbreak will be declared & PHE will establish measures to be taken.
3. High risk contexts
Follow current guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.
If an infected staff member or student, lives with someone at higher risk from coronavirus, signpost to Government advice on households with somebody at increased risk.
If infected student is a Halls resident, consider moving higher risk flatmates to alternative accommodation.
Implement systems for safeguarding of staff and students beyond immediate outbreak control (health & wellbeing; equality, diversity & inclusion).
Direct to Government guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.
Support welfare of those isolating & advise to monitor for worsening symptoms; provide details of contacts.
Any staff/student who is a close contact of somebody isolating to follow PHE instructions.
Students / staff taking care of, or sharing accommodation with, a person with COVID-19, follow instructions from PHE (and Occupational Health where appropriate) on when to return to campus.
Implement Halls isolation protocol for students isolating in student accommodation including welfare checks, food delivery, and Government cleaning guidance.
Inform and advise on national and local testing policies.
Investigate the potential of rapid testing in conjunction with St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
6. Contact tracing
Encourage people who test positive to respond to contact tracing.
Augment conventional contact tracing with St George’s information, e.g. timetables/ registers.
Support staff / students who are contacts of those testing positive to isolate for 14 days from point of last contact.
7. Data collection
Use secure systems to safely manage and store records of who is a confirmed case and information relevant to contact tracing (held as special category data for legitimate interests specified purposes – see our data protection and privacy notice).
Communication protocol including specific strands on:
- Outbreak management measures in place
- Personal responsibilities: prevention and management
- Emphasising responsibility of individuals to community for reporting illness
- Media management
- Following PHE/South London Protection Team advice in event of a local outbreak
- Other key stakeholders
- SGUL – Beth Okona-Mensah, Single Point Of Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
Local area mitigation strategies will extend across organisations (e.g. schools, business, community organisations) within the community (see Wandsworth Council Local Outbreak Control Plan). Liaison will take place with PHE, South London Protection Team, LCRC (email@example.com, 03003030450), the local council and St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to determine the most appropriate course of action, as instructed through an Incident Management Team (IMT) where called, for example closing buildings.
In the event of a larger outbreak we will link in with LCRC and Local Authority to arrange / attend an IMT and where advised arrange for a Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) to be set up for mass testing to take place in situ.