This page contains current information and guidance about the UCO's response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As the situation and surrounding guidance is evolving, the information on this page may be subject to change.
The health and wellbeing of our staff, students, patients and visitors is our priority, and we have been working hard to make adjustments and put additional measures in place to enable students to return while minimising the risks to the UCO community.
We continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and current guidance and will adapt our plans in response to this as appropriate. We would like to offer reassurance to our students that should it not be possible for you to attend the UCO for any period of time we will continue to support your education and well-being remotely.
"Courageous things took place at the UCO when the pandemic started. Faculty staff did a wonderful job at maintaining a sense of community. Staff were checking on our mental and emotional health on a regular basis... and every single [email] was emblazoned with the word 'We'." ~ Sanja Maretic
We are currently operating a blended learning approach for students, combining face-to-face practical classes using PPE with remote learning. This year has provided a valuable opportunity for us to embrace virtual teaching and learning and we hope you will find the virtual learning elements of your course beneficial. We are investing further in this area to give students more flexibility in the way they learn - see our updates for applicants and offer holders page for more information.
We are committed to ensuring you have a positive student experience with us, and are pleased to have been able to deliver our course timetable and meet the learning outcomes for our students despite the disruption of the past year.
Attending the UCO
We ask all students, staff and visitors to the UCO to help protect our community by adhering to the safety measures put in place. You can find details of these measures in the guidance document below, and we would ask everyone to read this document in full before attending the UCO. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.
- Use of the UCO teaching site (Borough High Street) - policy and guidance
- UCO COVID-19 Risk Assessment - Borough High Street
The UCO Clinic is open to patients and is currently operating from our teaching site on Borough High Street. We have put in place measures and screening processes to protect the health and wellbeing of our patients, students and staff and these have been working successfully.
The following documents provide information about our risk assessment for the UCO Clinic and guidance for our students, staff and patients:
To find out more about the measures we've introduced at the UCO Clinic and what to expect from your appointment visit our UCO Clinic website.
The UCO has developed the following draft plan for the management of an early outbreak of COVID-19 at the UCO:
What to do if you experience COVID-19 symptoms or are self-isolating
The common COVID-19 symptoms are currently as follows:
- a high temperature
- a new or persistent cough
- a change or loss of taste and/or smell
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or are required to self-isolate please do not attend the UCO or UCO Clinic. You should notify Registry or your line manager via the usual channels (or the UCO Clinic if you are a patient unable to attend an appointment) and arrange a test.
Please notify us of the results of your test as soon as you are able to, and in the event of a positive result you should continue to self isolate and follow test and trace guidance. If you are a patient experiencing symptoms after a visit to the UCO Clinic please notify the UCO Clinic reception team as soon as possible.
If you start to feel unwell while at the UCO or UCO Clinic, please ensure you are wearing a face mask, isolate yourself and notify a staff member as soon as possible, before returning home to self-isolate until you have completed a test.
COVID-19 guidance from the Government and NHS
Latest advice from the UK Government and the NHS:
- NHS advice on COVID-19
- COVID-19 outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do
- Staying safe outside your home
- Staying alert and safe (social distancing)
- The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy