Evelina London is first children’s hospital to use special filter unit to help prevent COVID-19 spread

Evelina London is first children’s hospital to use special filter unit to help prevent COVID-19 spread

Posted on January 26

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Evelina London has become the first children’s hospital in the world to use pop-up isolation rooms to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The hospital has created five 'Redirooms', which have been created to seal off the area around a bed or a cot in order to isolate patients with infections, including Covid-19.

The mobile unit contains a special filter that removes droplets containing micro-organisms from the air. The temporary units are stored in a compact wheeled cart, which can be taken to the wards where they are needed and put together in around five minutes.

Shona Perkins, deputy director for infection prevention and control, said: “The Redirooms provide additional space to safely treat and isolate patients with coronavirus and other infections, such as the flu, mumps and meningitis. We are also using them to treat patients who are suspected of having Covid-19 while the result of their test is processed. Previously we would use a side room to treat these types of patients, but we can now ensure our side rooms are kept free for patients with complex health conditions or patients who require extra protection from others."

There are plans to have Redirooms available to use at Guy’s Hospital and St Thomas’ Hospital, which are part of the same NHS Trust as Evelina London.