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COVID-19 Staff FAQs: Quarantine

Information alert box Last updated: 02 December 2021

This is a fast moving situation and we will try to keep this page as up-to-date as possible.
Please continue to check national guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic.

If your question is not answered below, and you are a member of staff, please speak to your line manager or email covidquestions@ouh.nhs.uk

If your question is about an OUH HR matter that isn't addressed here, please discuss this initially with your line manager who can then raise it with the HR consultant for your Division.

Some links are to documents on the OUH internal staff intranet: if you are a staff member and cannot access the intranet, please email covidquestions@ouh.nhs.uk and we will send you the document you need.

Please remember guidance is likely to change rapidly, so check back to see if you have the most up-to-date version of a document.

Quarantine FAQs

What about quarantine after returning from abroad?

The latest guidance for healthcare workers is:

  • Healthcare workers who return from any travel overseas to countries not on the travel red list should not return to work until they have had negative PCR - this should be within two days of their arrival into the UK, and they should self-isolate while they wait for the result
  • The PCR must be obtained from an authorised private PCR provider. Please note that government guidelines stipulate that only certain private providers can conduct PCR tests for travel - the OUH on-site NHS testing is not one of these
  • Staff should also do daily lateral flow tests until day 10 after their return

Government advice is that any travel abroad carries risks, as quarantine regulations may change in the UK or in the visiting country with little or no warning.

If a quarantine period is required, it can be covered by using one or a combination of the following options:

  • taking paid or unpaid leave
  • working from home where possible
  • the temporary reassignment of appropriate work, if possible, to enable working from home if staff are unable to undertake their usual work duties from home
  • making up some or all of the 10 days' leave over a period of time through working additional hours / shifts over normal contracted hours
  • taking previously accrued time off in lieu (TOIL).

There is no 'one size fits all' solution, and managers will consider each situation fairly and equitably, seeking advice from Divisional HR colleagues as required.

More information on quarantine on returning to the UK is available on the Government website:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK

Returning to England from the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man

November 2021 - this guidance is subject to change

If you are travelling to England from within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, you do not need to:

  • complete a passenger locator form
  • take any COVID-19 tests
  • quarantine on arrival in England.

This only applies if you have not been outside of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in the 10 days before the day you arrive in England.

If you have, you must follow the international travel rules in the place where you arrive.