Newsmix 2: NHS’ contrary instructions for pre-surgery isolation

All through my wife’s attendance at a nearby out-patients department involving very frequent phone calls from a physiotherapist, plus attending the Royal Surrey Hospital for scans and x-rays, we have nothing but gratitude for their professionalism during such very awkward times of national lockdowns.

However, during conversation with one of her oldest friends, a retired nurse, both ladies were appalled to learn about nonsensical official instructions a friend of hers was given for preparing for an elective operation.

She was required to self-isolate at home for a period and specifically instructed not to travel to hospital by car but to take public transport instead; which carries much greater risk of infection than does driving in her own, or being conveyed in her husband’s, car.  Moreover, in needing to arrive by 7.30am, how was she to get a bus so early from the countryside and yet maintain the benefit of having been isolated? It’s definitely half-baked!

Such irrational requirements from senior NHS management engenders an expectation of incompetence and inconsistency when introducing Covid-Freedom passes – does it not?

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