As some have asked about it, this is just a short blog entry for yesterday.
The plan: the hospital to get me taken to a Covid-19 test centre and then deliver me back home safely for four days of self-isolation prior to admission on Monday 12th for the RIG operation on the 13th.
What happened? The transport arrived – a private company contracted to the hospital. The very pleasant lady driver had instructions to take me to the centre and to drop me there, i.e. I was expected to make my own way back home. WHAT? HOW? Taxi? Bus? Tube? Walk? All mixing with the public and therefore risking exposure to the virus? Definitely NOT what the hospital or I wanted! So, some communication problem somewhere ….
It took a while to sort out but eventually we set off. All well: 15 minutes to the test centre which, to my surprise, was totally empty. I actually thought it was closed until someone walked out to speak to us. It seems this is normal though: with timed tests scheduled properly there’s no queue, and rightly so. Less chance of infection there.
So it was done in a couple of minutes: tongue and nasal swabs and that was it. Results with the hospital in two days’ time. 20 minutes drive back, and I’m now in my little nest for the next four days. And content. Unless I’ve tested positive of course … now that would be a story!