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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – Tuesday 10 August 2021
Clinell universal wipes – national recall
There has been a national recall of four further batches of Clinell wipes – UBV3032520A, UBV3032520B, UBV1032720A and UBV7032720A. If you have any of these batch codes still in existing stocks please isolate them and arrange for them to be returned to supplies. The lot number can be found on the side of packets above the expiry date and for cartons, is printed on a label on the side of the box.
Please continue to follow this checklist to ensure we keep our patients – and each other – safe:
- PPE – All staff must at all times follow the Trust guidance on PPE for all patient pathways. 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.
- 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.
We know it’s very challenging across the organisation at the moment so it’s really important we continue to look out for colleagues and support each other. We have a range of health and wellbeing resources to help staff stay physically and mentally well which can be found here.
You can also access Togetherall – a 24/7 anonymous online mental health and wellbeing service which is freely available to all Newcastle Hospital staff. To find out more about being part of the Togetherall community visit the Togetherall Website
Thank you for your continued support
Executive Control Group