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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – Thursday 12 August 2021
Under new Government guidelines, from Monday (16 August) double jabbed individuals and under 18s will no longer need to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19. Understandably, this has generated a lot of questions to the trust’s test and trace team.
There will be no changes to the Trust’s guidance on Monday and all staff should continue to follow our current processes on testing / self-isolation which can be found on the staff testing page of the coronavirus intranet site.
Staff with any queries should speak with their line manager in the first instance rather than contacting the trust’s test and trace team directly. As always, we continue to review national guidance and will brief staff of any changes through this update.
PPE / eye protection
All staff must at all times follow the Trust guidance on PPE for all patient pathways in line with our risk assessments. Our current COVID risk is amber which means staff who are within two metres of a patient must wear eye protection (visor or goggles) along with the other appropriate PPE required.
Anti vaccination / mask posters
We have been made aware that anti-vaccination / anti-mask posters are being put up in some NHS vaccination sites and other premises which have razor blades and other sharp objects stuck on the back of them, causing potential injuries if you try to remove them. Please be vigilant and careful if do you find any posters on our premises and report any incidents to security.
The temporary enhanced pay overtime that was introduced last month due to service pressures across the organisation has been extended until 14 August when it will be reviewed. All existing guidance in regards to eligible staff for the enhanced pay overtime remain.
Please continue to follow this checklist to ensure we keep our patients – and each other – safe:
- COVID-19 Assessment inpatients – All patients admitted to the Trust must have a COVID-19 assessment completed in eRecord. When a patient is admitted to your ward ensure that an assessment has been completed. Do not assume that the admitting department has completed this assessment.
- Outpatients/ Community patients – All patients must be assessed. For community there is a SystmOne assessment. For areas that do not use either eRecord or SystmOne a local assessment must be completed and held in the patient record.
- Patient PCR Screening – All patients must be screened on admission day 3, day 5 and weekly. There are prompts on your white board for all screening requirements and full details are on the PPE and patient management page of the coronavirus intranet site.
- Hands, face and space – We must all continue to keep each other safe, socially distance and wear surgical masks inside of work and face coverings outside of work.
- Car sharing – If you need to car share, ensure everyone wears a surgical mask and have the windows partially opened to improve ventilation.
- Fit Testing – All staff who work clinically in areas where aerosol generating procedures are undertaken must be fit tested to a FFP3 mask. Every directorate has a fit tester.
- Asymptomatic lateral flow testing – Please continue to do the lateral flow testing (nasal swabs) twice a week at home. These self-testing kits should only be used if you are asymptomatic (not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19). Further information is available on the self-testing page of the coronavirus intranet site.
- Face-to-face training / meetings – We have stood down all non-essential face-to-face training but will continue to run courses that are essential for colleagues and patient safety and cannot be delivered virtually. In these instances our meeting principles, along with a risk assessment, must be followed to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 between staff. These can be found on the education and training page of the coronavirus intranet site.
Remote meetings remain the preferred way to meet and face-to-face meetings should be held by exception only.
Work around new multi-storey car park – RVI
From Monday (16 August), we are resuming tarmac works around the new multi-storey car park on the RVI site for the next two weeks. Staff working in offices / areas nearby should keep windows closed as there will be an obvious smell from the tarmac.
Free bedside films
Patients at the Freeman Hospital and RVI can continue to watch free films at their bedside in a partnership between MediCinema, Hospedia and Filmbankmedia. Films are shown on Channel 39, starting at 8am, and repeat on a two-hour loop until 8pm.
Up and coming titles include:
- The Jungle Book – tomorrow (13 August)
- Raya and the Last Dragon – Tuesday 17 August
The MediCinema at the RVI is also open this Saturday (14 August) showing Moana at 2.30pm and The Last Letter from your Lover at 7pm and on Thursday (19 August) with a showing of Space Jam – A New Legacy at 6.30pm. Contact Joss Spires on extension 23760 to request a space for a patient.
Thank you for your continued support
Executive Control Group