Written evidence submitted by UK Border Force (COR006)
Confirming the suspected cases of Coronavirus within the two IE IRCs (Colnbrook and Harmondsworth) that are on lockdown
The assessment was carried out locally by healthcare staff. Each individual in isolation was seen either by a nurse and/or a GP initially. In the event that they were not seen by a GP in the first instance the nurse discussed their assessment with the GP in order to agree a management plan.
Initially, based on symptoms presented, a temperature check was conducted. The patient’s medical history, including any underlying health conditions, previous travel and countries of transit was factored into the assessment. A set of clinical observations was taken on a continual basis.
This was signed off by a healthcare professional as a likely diagnosis only. PHE make a recommendation to place a site into quarantine but agreed on the likelihood of known illnesses on site being flu, rather than Coronavirus. PHE guidelines for managing symptomatic individuals are being followed and we treat all cases as though it’s a COVID outbreak, until we know otherwise. We follow PHE guidelines on quarantine and isolations times.
Process of segregation within an IRC given that tests are not being carried out
Testing kits throughout the entire detention estate
Telephone number for contact centre helpline that has been set up to support individuals whose permissions to stay in the UK may have expired, are due to expire, or may be experiencing difficulties in leaving the UK
Trends of people arriving into the UK