Information for King’s staff on COVID-19

Details for colleagues who are currently overseas or self-isolating and cannot access the intranet

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This information is aimed at King’s College Hospital NHS FT staff. If you are a patient or member of the public please visit the patient information webpage.

King’s colleagues are playing a vital role in caring for patients with COVID-19 and supporting the running of our hospitals. We want to keep you safe and healthy so we can continue to manage demand for our services at this crucial time. Here is guidance for colleagues who are currently overseas or self-isolating and cannot access the Trust’s intranet.

For more information, please visit the Kingsweb Mobile website. It gives you access to all the latest information on COVID-19 on your mobile, tablet or home computer. This includes the news and updates, policies and guidance and the chance to thank your fellow colleagues. All you need to access the site is a device connected to the internet and your NHS email address. For instructions on how to login to the site, email kch-tr.webmaster@nhs.net

Staff members who are symptomatic

Any staff member who develops symptoms related to COVID-19 (a new persistent cough, fever or asomnia,the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell or taste) must self-isolate (following Public Health England guidance on self-isolating) at home for seven days. They should contact their line manager and email Occupational Health (line managers will provide the email address) with the following information:

  • Name
  • Department
  • Job title
  • Name of manager
  • Date of self-isolation
  • Date of swabbing (if swabbed)

Daily updates to Occupational Health (OH) are not required, but OH should be informed of a change in situation.

If you are symptomatic and you live alone

  • You should self-isolate for seven days. If you feel better you can come back to work on Day 8;
  • Contact your line manager and Occupational Health to inform them of your absence;
  • If on day eight you still have symptoms you should stay at home until you feel better. It is normal to have a cough for some time afterwards, which is not contagious. If your only symptom is a cough and you feel well enough, you can return to work.

If you are symptomatic and you live with others

  • You should self-isolate for seven days. If you feel better you go back to work on Day 8;
  • Contact your line manager and Occupational Health to inform them of your absence;
  • All other non-symptomatic members of the household must self-isolate for 14 days.

If you are NOT symptomatic but you live with others who are symptomatic

  • You must self-isolate for 14 days;
  • Contact your line manager and Occupational Health to inform them of your absence;
  • If, during your 14 days of isolation, you develop symptoms you must move to a seven-day day self-isolation period.

Colleagues with COVID-19 exposure through other settings, including travel

All staff are advised to consult the Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidance on travel to areas affected by COVID-19 and avoid all but essential travel to those areas. Colleagues who have returned from travel overseas (including to countries or areas previously specified), or have exposure to confirmed cases within the community, can carry on working in their usual role as long they are well. If you are unwell you should follow the steps listed above.

Staff return to work criteria

Staff who have been self-isolating can return to work:

  • on Day 8 after the onset of symptoms if they feel better;
  • if on Day 8 they do not feel better, they should stay off work until they feel better;
  • if a cough is the only persistent symptom on Day 8, they can return to work (post-viral cough is known to persist for several weeks in some cases).

Please email OH to advise of your return to work and if you have any questions about the process.

Staff at increased risk

For staff members at increased risk according to Government guidance, adjustments will be made to enable colleagues to stay well and at work wherever possible. Adjustments may include working remotely or moving to a lower risk area.

Working from home during self-isolation (if well)

The Trust has published guidance on home working. Please request a copy from your line manager if you do not already have it. Staff who are unwell should not attempt to work from home.

Travel disruption

Transport for London (TfL) have made a number of service changes across their network, including reduced services and tube station closures. Many London Underground stations that do not interchange with other lines have closed until further notice. The full list of closed stations can be found on the Transport for London website. Staff are advised to check the Transport for London website before travelling.

Parking in Bromley

NHS workers and volunteers helping with the COVID–19 crisis can apply for free temporary parking across the London Borough of Bromley. For full details visit the Bromley Council website.

National guidance

For all the latest national guidance please visit the Public Health England website and NHS website.


For further information please contact:
King’s College Hospital
COVID-19 response
kch-tr.mediateam@nhs.net
Extension: +44 (0)20 3299 9000